|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 224 lb.|
|Born:||October 29, 1991|
|Drafted:||2014 / UDFA|
Burton (hip) said he's made it through four months of a six-month recovery process from December surgery, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: In other words, he isn't ready for medical clearance but expects it to happen at some point this summer. The 28-year-old tight end was cut by the Bears last week and signed by the Colts a few days later, thus reuniting with head coach Frank Reich, who served as offensive coordinator for the final two of Burton's four years with the Eagles. Burton figures to slide in behind Jack Doyle on the depth chart, competing with Mo Alie-Cox for playing time in an offense that typically shows a reasonable balance between three-WR and two-TE formations. The Colts did add fullback Roosevelt Nix (knee) earlier this offseason, so that could be another wrinkle that takes snaps away from the depth guys at WR and TE.
The Colts and Burton (hip) agreed to a contract Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Burton managed just eight appearances since injuring himself in advance of the Bears' wild-card loss to the Eagles in January 2019. Since that game, he's undergone sports hernia surgery, dealt with a calf issue and had another procedure to deal with a labrum injury in his hip. He thus ended his tenure in Chicago with a 68-653-6 line on 100 targets across 24 contests before his release Friday. Upon joining the Colts, Burton may compete for slotting with Mo Alie-Cox behind starting tight end Jack Doyle.
The Bears will release Burton (hip), Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Burton, who is bouncing back from an offseason procedure on his hip, became expendable when the Bears signed Jimmy Graham. The 28-year-old thus enters the free agent market as an option for team's looking to add tight end depth, with the Patriots representing a potential fit. Burton caught 54 passes with Chicago in 2018, but his production dipped to 14 catches for 84 yards in eight games last year.
Burton (hip) is still rehabbing and remains on track to return for training camp, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Burton struggled to get back to full strength after sports hernia surgery last offseason, catching 14 passes in eight games during the 2019 campaign before undergoing hip labrum surgery in December. The need for surgery kicked in a guarantee that covers $4 million of his $6.7 million base salary for 2020, but it won't come as any surprise if Burton is cut or traded before Week 1, considering the Bears signed fellow tight end Jimmy Graham to a two-year, $16 million contract in mid-March.
Burton (hip) should be ready for the start of training camp, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Burton had sports hernia surgery last offseason and never seemed fully healthy in 2019. He caught just 14 passes in eight games before landing on injured reserve, and he then had December surgery to address a labrum injury in his hip. Burton is entering the third season of a four-year, $32 million contract, with an injury guarantee covering 59.7 percent of his $6.7 million base salary for 2020, per overthecap.com. The contract structure suggests he'll be back in Chicago for at least one more season, though the team may add competition for the starting job at tight end.
The Bears announced Tuesday that Burton recently underwent hip surgery to address a labrum injury, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM Chicago. Burton is expected to make a full recovery in advance of training camp.
Analysis: Burton was limited to just eight appearances in 2019 before being placed on injured reserve due to a calf issue, but he's apparently still being bothered by the groin/hip injury he suffered shortly before the playoffs a year ago. While the tight end underwent a sports-hernia procedure last offseason, he's hoping that hip surgery will provide a more permanent fix. The 28-year-old will enter the third season of his four-year, $32 million contract in 2020 and will look to re-emerge as the passing-game weapon he was during his inaugural campaign with the Bears, when he caught 54 passes for 569 yards and six touchdowns.
The Bears have placed Burton (calf) on injured reserve, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Burton's 2019 season will come to a premature end. He will finish with just 14 receptions for 84 yards in eight games. Adam Shaheen (foot) has already been ruled out for the Bears' Week 11 matchup with the Rams, but he figures to be the team's No. 1 tight end for the rest of the year. In the short term, Chicago is left with Ben Braunecker, J.P. Holtz and Bradley Sowell to compete for snaps. Burton will now set his sights on the 2020 season.
Burton (calf) and Adam Shaheen (foot) both have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams.
Analysis: The Bears are left with Ben Braunecker, J.P. Holtz and Bradley Sowell at tight end, a position where they've received minimal production in the passing game. Braunecker did have a touchdown catch in last week's 20-13 win over Detroit, but it was his 10th reception in 45 NFL games. The Bears likely will use some form of rotation come Sunday night.
Burton (calf) was held out of practice Thursday.
Analysis: Burton emerged from a Week 10 win against the Lions with a calf injury, which has kept him off the practice field so far this week. Adam Shaheen joined Burton on the sideline with a foot issue Thursday, leaving just three healthy tight ends (Ben Braunecker, J.P. Holtz and Bradley Sowell) on the Bears' 53-man roster at the moment.
Burton (calf) isn't participating in Wednesday's practice, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Burton is nursing a calf injury that he sustained during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Lions. The veteran tight end hasn't recorded a catch in two consecutive contests. In the event that Burton is forced to miss any time, Adam Shaheen, Ben Braunecker and J.P. Holtz would be candidates to play expanded roles on offense.
Burton caught three passes for 16 yards in the Bears' 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
Analysis: For the third game in a row, Burton was targeted exactly four times while posting between 16 and 20 yards. Unless he begins to show signs of improvement after the Week 6 bye, he's not a player who can be trusted and fantasy lineups.
Burton caught two passes for 16 yards in Chicago's 16-6 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.
Analysis: For the second game in a row, Burton was targeted four times, but he's yet to surpass 20 yards in any of the three games he's played this season. However, it's possible he could've seen more work in this game, but the Bears had a commanding lead early in the second half, and they went to a very conservative offensive approach. It'll be difficult to trust Burton in fantasy lineups until he shows the ability to produce, but for fantasy owners who have room on their benches, he may be worth a stash as tight-end depth.
Burton (groin) is active for Sunday's game versus the Vikings.
Analysis: While Burton's groin issue has lingered into Week 4, he'll nonetheless suit up for a third consecutive contest. His usage increased from 43 to 61 percent of the offensive snaps between Weeks 2 and 3, but so far he's managed to haul in just six of seven targets for 25 yards and no touchdowns. Burton will be hard-pressed to do much more against a Minnesota defense that has given up just eight catches for 84 yards to tight ends this season.
Burton (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Burton played the past two weeks and was a full practice participant Wednesday or Thursday. He doesn't seem to be in much danger of missing the Week 4 contest, but his continued presence on the injury report suggests the groin injury may be an issue all year.
Burton caught four passes for 20 yards in the Bears' 31-15 victory over Washington on Monday.
Analysis: After missing Week 1 with a groin injury, Burton has averaged four yards per reception over his last two games. Until he shows some signs of possessing weekly upside, he's a difficult player to trust in fantasy lineups.
Burton (groin) is active for Monday's game at Washington.
Analysis: The Bears listed Burton as a limited participant on each Week 3 injury report with his balky groin in mind. It won't impact his availability Monday, but there's a chance he logs something similar to his 43 percent share of the offensive snaps from Week 2. If Burton does so, expect fellow tight ends Adam Shaheen and Ben Braunecker to scoop up the remaining reps.
Burton (groin) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against Washington after being listed as a limited practice participant all week.
Analysis: Give that he was able to log practice time throughout the week, there's a solid chance that Burton will be a go Monday night. That said, after he caught just two passes (on three targets) for five yards in his return to action in Week 2, it's probably best to wait until he logs a full and productive game before rolling with the tight end in fantasy lineups, especially with this week's late kickoff factored in.
Burton (groin) remained limited Friday at practice.
Analysis: Burton returned from the groin injury for last week's 16-14 win over the Broncos, finishing with two catches for five yards on three targets while handling a 43 percent snap share. He's been limited at the first two practices this week, but he should be able to play in Monday's game against Washington. It's less clear if Burton will be ready for a starter-type workload.
Burton (groin) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: The Bears haven't indicated that Burton suffered any sort of setback coming out of the team's Week 2 win in Denver, where the tight end hauled in two of three targets for five yards while playing 43 percent of the offensive snaps in his season debut. With that in mind, his limitations during the Bears' first practice of Week 3 are believed to be precautionary. Assuming Burton is feeling good following Chicago's final two practices of the week, he could be in store for a larger snap share Monday against the Redskins.
Burton caught two passes for five yards in Chicago's 16-14 victory over the Broncos on Sunday.
Analysis: Burton was targeted twice on the last drive when the Bears were driving for a game-winning field goal. Otherwise, he had just a single target in the other 59 minutes of play. Until he returns to being a full-time player, as he recovers from off-season groin surgery, he's best left on fantasy benches.
News powered by