Burton, 26, has a special place in Philadelphia Eagles history because of his role in the "Philly Special", the trick play in Super Bowl LII where he threw the touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles off a reverse handoff against the New England Patriots.
Over the years, it's been hard for Burton to be consistent with production since he was always playing behind Brent Celek and Zach Ertz for the most part, but when seeing how effective whenever called upon, the Bears have plenty of reasons to be excited about their new tight end. Nagy has said that he'll build the offense around the team's strengths, though it appears he's looking for the Bears' version of Travis Kelce.
Young quarterbacks need reliable tight ends in their developmental years. But when asked to step in and make an appearance, Burton didn't disappoint.
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Burton is coming off consecutive solid seasons operating as Zach Ertz's backup with the Philadelphia Eagles. In those two seasons, he registered 60 receptions for 575 yards and six touchdowns, with a minimal number of starts. He instantly becomes the Bears' best weapon at tight end. Coming from Andy Reid's tree of coaching that utilizes the tight end position very heavily, Burton should be targeted an bad lot.
Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network first reported the signing, which is expected to get finalized after free agency officially opens Wednesday. What we do know is that Shaheen was more of an in-line tight end during his rookie season, while Burton is a tight end who'll be moved all over the formation, including playing out of the slot.