Bears Release Tight End Trey Burton

Trey Burton #80 with the Chicago Bears in 2019. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears have decided to cut ties with veteran tight end Trey Burton, freeing up salary cap space for their team and putting an accomplished pass catcher on the market.

Burton was acquired as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the 2014 season, and served mainly as a productive backup during his four seasons with the team.

He played sparingly over his first two seasons with the Eagles, but then became a regular pass-catching target for the 2016 and Super Bowl Champion 2017 team, totaling 60 reception and 6 touchdowns over the two seasons.

He was rewarded for his work with a four-year contract with $22 million in guaranteed money with the Chicago Bears prior to the 2018 season. He posted the most productive season of his career that year, catching 54 passes for 569 yards and 6 touchdowns.

However, his 2019 was a disappointment, as groin and hip injuries limited him to only 8 games and 14 receptions before his season was cut short by going on injured reserve in November.

Now, Burton will look to sign a contract with a new team and prove that he is back and healthy, and ready to contribute as he did just a couple of years ago.