Tight end Trey Burton, who was on the front end of the greatest play in Super Bowl history, agreed to terms of a four-year deal with the Bears Tuesday, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro.
The deal is worth $32 million over four years. Burton's $8 million average salary is fifth-highest in the NFL among tight ends. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo first reported the deal.
Burton took a pitch from Corey Clement and threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles just before halftime of the Super Bowl, and the so-called Philly Special is now considered the greatest play in Super Bowl history or Eagles history.
But the Bears want Burton for his receiving ability, not his passing ability. He's 26 years old, so the Bears are getting a young player just entering his prime.
Burton made the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2014. He caught just three passes in his first two seasons but evolved into one of the NFL’s top backup tight ends over the past two years, with a combined 60 catches for 575 yards and six touchdowns. His five TD catches this year were 10th-most in the NFL among tight ends.
Because of Zach Ertz, Burton would never be a starter with the Eagles, but he certainly has the athleticism, speed and receiving ability to project as a productive starting tight end, and the Eagles, with their salary cap situation, were in no position to get in a bidding war for a backup tight end.
Burton's new deal places him behind only Jordan Reed, Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski and Ertz in terms of annual average value.
He is one of only three undrafted players in history to throw a Super Bowl touchdown. The others are Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme.