In Albert Breer’s latest column for Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, he touches on a plethora of NFL related topics. And way, way, way down in his article there’s one paragraph that would interest Chicago Bears fans. In particular, Bears’ fans that have been holding out hope that general manager Ryan Pace has plans to fortify the tight end position with more than just recent addition Demetrius Harris.
I’m not saying Bears won’t go forward without supplementing at the position, but word is they’re OK with Trey Burton being the headliner there, on the belief that he’s just had a lot of bad injury luck the last couple years.
Breer has been a dialed-in NFL insider long before he took over SI’s MMQB, so if this is something he’s heard, odds are it has some merit.
We may not like it, but think about it.
The Bears did get decent production from Burton as their U (move) tight end during his first year in Chicago (54/569/6), so if they truly feel he can bounce back after playing less than 300 snaps in 2019, I could see Pace rolling with him, a possible rookie, and the collection of Harris, Jesper Horsted, Ben Braunecker, J.P. Holtz, Eric Saubert, Darion Clark, Dax Raymond, and Adam Shaheen.
On second thought, scratch that last guy, there’s no way the Bears are going to expect him to do much of anything.
But with the 28-year old Burton carrying a cap hit of $8.55 million in 2020, Pace may just trust his scouting staff that one of his young U tight ends will come though in case Trey can’t do it.
Now with Burton being the expected headliner, I suppose that wouldn’t preclude Pace from adding a lost cost-high ceiling guy if one were to come available, but the way I read the Breer report was that the Bears won’t be in on guys like Austin Hooper or Eric Ebron.
What are your thoughts on the Bears sticking with Trey Burton as their top option at the U position?