Look for him to slot in as Chicago's top tight end ahead of Dion Sims, and he could also emerge as a chief target in the passing game if wide receiver Cameron Meredith leaves in free agency. Burton may only have five career starts to his name, but Week 14 last season was the ideal example of what he's capable of after filling in for the injured Ertz by catching five passes for 71 yards with two scores. The 26-year-old Parkey has converted 86.4 of his career FG tries in parts of four seasons with the Eagles, Browns and Dolphins. He will be paid as a starter with the Bears.
The Bears will sign tight end Trey Burton to a four-year contract when the league season opens Wednesday, sources confirmed to the Sun-Times on Tuesday. The Ashland University product showed only occasional flashes and finished with 12 receptions for 127 yards (10.6-yard average), although three of his receptions went for touchdowns. This move nearly certainly means the Bears plan to cut Dion Sims, who they just signed to a "three-year, 18 million" contract last offseason. He made five grabs for 71 yards and two touchdowns with Ertz sidelined due to a concussion, flashing his playmaking upside when thrust into a bigger role.More news: Fitbit Versa smartwatch brings women's health tracking and a curvier design
Burton became best known for throwing a touchdown pass to Nick Foles in the Super Bowl, but he was one of the low-key free agents teams were eying, a talented young tight end stuck behind Zach Ertz on the depth chart in Philadelphia, and a young weapon who wasn't getting as much attention as he should.