Trey Burton will officially be back with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. The restricted free agent signed his one-year contract tender, according to an official announcement from the team. This announcement is really more of a formality than anything; he was never expected to be gone.
The Eagles tendered Burton at a second-round level this offseason, which means another team could have signed him to an offer sheet and that team would have owed the Eagles a second-round pick. But that was never likely to happen.
The Eagles will be paying Burton roughly $2.81 million in 2017. That’s decent money for a third string tight end but Philadelphia clearly values him. Burton is a standout player on special teams and he had the best offensive season of his three-year career last season. He played 29% of the Eagles’ offensive snaps and had 37 receptions for 327 yards and one touchdown. Burton finished fourth on the team in ST tackles with five. He also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on special teams.
After being a restricted free agent this offseason, Burton is now set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
(By the way, Burton changed his jersey number this offseason from No. 47 to No. 88.)