In addition to Burton, the Bears added Allen Robinson to their talent-bare pass-catching corps on Tuesday. Ian Rapoport, also of NFL Media, noted the deal is worth $32 million over four seasons. 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.
Considering that the cash-strapped Eagles have Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz under contract through 2020, it was logical to assume Burton would find a home elsewhere in the league. He has 63 catches for 629 yards and six touchdowns over four seasons with Philadelphia.
He became famous when he messed around a threw a touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles in the Super Bowl on the "Philly Special" trick play the Eagles ran on fourth-and-goal on the way to the title. Burton won't necessarily have an every-down role, but he at least figures to be a regular in passing situations.
As I stated when discussing Robinson, I still don't think the Bears are done adding playmakers to their offense. The Bears presumably hope 2017 second-round pick Adam Shaheen will develop into their top in-line/blocking tight end, with Burton serving as a flex receiver.