Philadelphia Eagles: Trey Burton will be missed on offense

Jan 21 2018 Philadelphia PA USA Philadelphia Eagles tight end Trey Burton reacts to his first down reception against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

NFL free agency update: Bears sign Trey Burton

It's hard to project an offense with a first-time National Football League head coach, so trying doesn't make all that much sense until we know all the pieces that are in place.

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.

Burton will get that opportunity in Chicago, according to a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Acquired initially by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2014, Burton finished with 63 catches, 629 yards, and seven touchdowns in four years in Philadelphia.

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We talked already about how Allen Robinson's presence in the lineup gives the Bears that true number one type of receiver, and adding Burton is going to help draw attention off of Robinson. Burton joined the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2014, carved out a role on special teams and then blossomed as a unsafe offensive playmaker the past two seasons under coach Doug Pederson.

It turns out his destination is Chicago, where Burton caught his first career touchdown pass from Carson Wentz in 2016. Burton caught just 23 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns for the Eagles last season, but he had some big games down the stretch and was behind Zach Ertz on the depth chart.

Young quarterbacks need reliable tight ends in their developmental years.

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