In 2018 Bears tight end Trey Burton caught 54 passes for 569 yards and six touchdowns. In 2017, he won a Super Bowl with the Eagles. After an injury-riddled 2019 season, in 2020, he's a free agent.
NFL Network 's Ian Rapoport reported that Chicago plans to release Burton, meaning teams could sign the 28-year-old in the days before the NFL Draft.
After missing out on veteran Greg Olsen in January and not willing to pay top dollar for Austin Hooper in March, tight end is a major problem for the Redskins. The team lost Vernon Davis to retirement and released Jordan Reed earlier this offseason. Both moves were expected, but that doesn't change the hole at the position.
Washington signed Richard Rodgers and Logan Thomas as free agents, but neither player looks like a real starting option. Rodgers has dealt with injuries for the last two years and Thomas, a converted college quarterback, made just 16 catches last year.
The question becomes if the new Redskins boss Ron Rivera should target Burton.
Well, it depends on Burton's health. NBC Sports Chicago's J.J. Stankevitz had the scoop from the Windy City:
The Bears’ offense — like the Eagles and Chiefs — needs good tight end play, and Burton didn’t offer that at all in 2019. He was hampered by a sports hernia that locked up his groin just before the Bears’ wild card loss to the Eagles and was never the same, finally going on IR with a calf injury then undergoing hip surgery the Bears hoped would get him back to his 2018 self. But seeing as they know his medicals better than any team and desperately need good tight ends, it’s hard to see Burton resurrecting his career somewhere else.
If Burton gets cleared he could help the Redskins but the Bears ate $4 million to release the tight end which isn't a good sign. That's no guarantee though, and Washington might also add another tight end via the draft next week. If that happens, along with the signings of Rodgers and Thomas to go along with incumbents Jeremy Sprinkle and Hale Hentges, there might be plenty of tight ends already on the roster.
Burton is hardly a sure thing, but nobody else on the Redskins roster at tight end is either.
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