Trey Burton misses third straight practice; Bears “trying to protect” him

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Bears tight end Trey Burton had a scheduled day off from practice last Friday, but missed Saturday’s practice and remained out on Monday as well.

Burton had sports hernia surgery this offseason and didn’t take part in organized team activities this offseason, but he avoided the physically unable to perform list to open camp. His recent run of absences led to a question for head coach Matt Nagy about whether Burton suffered a setback.

“It’s not a setback,” Nagy said, via the Chicago Tribune. “It’s, more of, for us, I’m trying to protect him a little bit. I need him and we need him 100 percent for Week One.”

Nagy said there was no timeline for Burton’s return to practice at this point. That all but officially rules Burton out for Thursday’s preseason opener and it wouldn’t be a great surprise if the Bears kept Burton out the entire preseason in order to have him set to go against the Packers on September 5.

4 responses to “Trey Burton misses third straight practice; Bears “trying to protect” him

  1. Trey Burton was GREAT as a Eagle, cashed in big time with the Bears, and is now just hurt all the time. Another overreaction signing by their GM…Parkey was another one.

  2. In case you haven’t learned yet Nagy protects his players in preseason, needs them in good shape for games that count.

  3. like Trey Burton, but he is a slightly above average TE who is being paid as a top tier guy. His salary places him as the 7th highest paid Tight End, but I don’t see him as that highly ranked, here are the players being paid more than Burton:

    1 – Jimmy Graham – $10MM
    2 – Travis Kelce – $9.4MM
    3 – Jordan Reed – $9.4MM
    4 – Kyle Rudolph – $9MM
    5 – Greg Olsen – $8.6MM
    6 – Zack Ertz – $8.5MM
    7 – Delanie Walker – $8.5MM

    Without a doubt there are some players on that list that have aged out of the value of their contract (Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen and Delanie Walker – I am looking straight at you guys). But there are multiple Tight Ends that perform and are better then Burton (with and without better QBs), such as George Kittle, Evan Engram, O.J. Howard, Eric Ebron and Hunger Henry to name a few. Burton is a good TE, but he isn’t top 10 in the NFL and is paid higher than that salary wise. Now he is dealing with persistent injuries and his value would have to be moved lower not higher for 2019 versus his free agent year of 2018.

  4. 22 million all guarantee another bad signing from Mr Pace I think he has a hard time negotiating contract.Agents have a field day with him.

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