Bears expected to sign tight end Trey Burton to four-year deal

Trey Burton scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the Bears at Soldier Field

Look for him to slot in as Chicago's top tight end ahead of Dion Sims, and he could also emerge as a chief target in the passing game if wide receiver Cameron Meredith leaves in free agency.

Burton is coming off consecutive solid seasons operating as Zach Ertz's backup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Bears will also sign kicker Cody Parkey, who connected on 21 of 23 FG attempts (91.3 percent) previous year for the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

A member of the Dolphins last season, Parkey converted on 21-of-23 field goal attempts while making 26-of-29 extra point tries in 2017. He will be paid as a starter with the Bears.

Burton has agreed to a four-year contract worth up to $32 million, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported. In 2016, he caught 37 passes for 327 yards and 1 touchdown. The Ashland University product showed only occasional flashes and finished with 12 receptions for 127 yards (10.6-yard average), although three of his receptions went for touchdowns. Investing in Burton like this would indicate he'd actually be higher on the depth chart, but it's entirely possible the Bears could use both guys in two-tight-end sets.

It's obvious the Bears value Burton's versatility, which he first put on display during his career at Florida. As disappointing as it was for Eagles fans to see one of their beloved tight ends leave for the Bears, they'll always appreciate what he did to help bring the team their first Super Bowl title, especially during the historic Philly Special play.

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