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Trey Burton feels 'hurt' by Eagles

Trey Burton feels 'hurt' by Eagles

Trey Burton will always be a hero in Philadelphia. He’ll always be the guy who helped pull off one of the most magical plays in Super Bowl history. He’ll always be the player who worked his way up from an undrafted rookie to a fan favorite. 

So it’s unfortunate he might be leaving Philadelphia with a slightly bad taste in his mouth. 

Burton, who has agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Bears, a league source confirmed (see story), joined the WIP afternoon show on Tuesday and was asked about the conversations his agent had with the Eagles about possibly retaining him. 

Those conversations apparently didn’t get too far. 

“Nah, I was really disappointed, man, honestly,” Burton said. “If I’m going to be open and transparent, I was really disappointed there wasn’t any offer. Didn’t even seem like they were really trying to make it happen. In reality, you can make anything happen if you really want to. That was my mindset. I’m really disappointed in that. It kind of hurt me a little bit. 

“But I’m excited about where I’m going and where we’re heading. I think it’s a great fit for us. Really good days are on the horizon.”

In some ways, Burton is right. If the Eagles really wanted to retain him, they could have prioritized moving money around to fit him in. But Burton’s new deal with Chicago will pay him $8 million annually, making him the fifth-highest-paid tight end in the NFL. Well, the Eagles already have one guy above him on that list in Zach Ertz. And with Ertz and Brent Celek (who was released on Tuesday) also on the roster, Burton played just 27 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps in 2017. 

So it just wasn’t in the Eagles’ best interest to throw this kind of money at Burton. 

It’s unclear if the Eagles made a run at Burton during the 2017 season, but they did try to sign him during the 2016 season. Instead, the Eagles placed a second-round tender on him as an RFA to keep him in the building and push off his inevitable free agency. 

While Burton admitted he was hurt about the lack of attempt to re-sign him from the Eagles, he said he’ll always be an Eagle at heart and he made sure to thank the organization for giving him his start. Burton, who lives in the Tampa area, threw out the first pitch at the Phillies’ spring training game on Tuesday. 

“My agent and I thought it was a good idea,” Burton said. “Like a final farewell to Philadelphia. It was really cool.”

Trey Burton cashes in with NFC team

Trey Burton cashes in with NFC team

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.

Super Bowl could be final ride with Eagles for 1 coach

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Super Bowl could be final ride with Eagles for 1 coach

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Sunday's Super Bowl might very well be John DeFilippo's last game with the Eagles

He's not worried about that yet though. 

"You know what, my focus right now is I'm just concerned about this game on Sunday," DeFilippo said on Wednesday at the Mall of America. "That's my 100 percent focus."

The Eagles blocked DeFilippo from interviewing for the Jets' offensive coordinator position last offseason, but DeFilippo's contract is up after this season, so the Eagles won't be able to stop him again. If DeFilippo wants to leave for another offensive coordinator position, he can. The Vikings are reportedly interested in interviewing him for their vacant offensive coordinator spot.

For a while, though, it looked like the 39-year-old quarterbacks coach might actually end up with a head coaching job. Teams can't block coaches from interviewing for head coaching jobs even while still under contract, so DeFilippo interviewed with the Bears and Cardinals while they still had openings. 

A few years ago, before he came to the Eagles, DeFilippo interviewed for the then-vacant 49ers job before the team eventually hired Chip Kelly. 

"I felt like I was much better this go-around," DeFilippo said. "I felt very confident going into both interviews, felt confident coming out of it. I think it's like anything. I think the more at-bats you have, the better you get. I was confident coming out of that thing, explaining to the ownership and the management my plan for running a football team."

DeFilippo said that as someone with head coaching aspirations he was very prepared to explain to teams how he would run a franchise. 

It's not hard to figure out why DeFilippo's stock has been rising rapidly. First, he helped Carson Wentz take a jump from rookie to legitimate MVP candidate in his second season. And now he's helped Nick Foles get the team into the Super Bowl. That's really beefing up a résumé.

So teams came calling and DeFilippo went through the interview process a little deeper this time around. He maintains his focus remained on the Eagles the whole time, but it had to be tough.  

"We had the bye week, which helped," he said. "That really helped. If you have the right mindset in terms of focusing on the task at hand, it's really not that hard. The only time I really did not think about the Eagles the whole time during that deal was when I was in the room with those two teams. Other than that, I really didn't think much about it."