According to multiple reports, Burton is set to sign with the Chicago Bears when National Football League free agency begins on Wednesday.
According to Garafolo, the deal is worth $32 million over four years.
The Bears had already agreed to a deal overnight with wide receiver Allen Robinson, and now the deal with Burton gives them an even scarier arsenal of weapons for their young quarterback.
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. His production dipped slightly in 2016, with 73 catches for 883 yards and 6 touchdowns. Burton joined the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2014, carved out a role on special teams and then blossomed as a risky offensive playmaker the past two seasons under coach Doug Pederson.
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The man who will be catching passes from Mitchell Trubisky threw the touchdown pass to Nick Foles in this year's Super Bowl, you'll recall, and he'll take that highlight to his grave. 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.
It's obvious the Bears value Burton's versatility, which he first put on display during his career at Florida.
The dual tight end thing is interesting: Shaheen was a pretty high draft pick for Chicago a year ago and considered a "Baby Gronk" type.