The Eagles began Tuesday approximately nine million dollars over the salary cap. To help drive that number down, they released tight end Brent Celek from the Super Bowl season. In addition, they witness another sign with the Bears. Trey Burton is taking the Philly Special to Chicago. Burton, the tight end who threw a touchdown pass to quarterback Nick Foles in Philadelphia’s victory over New England in the Super Bowl, has agreed to a $32 million, four-year contract with the Chicago Bears, according to two people familiar with the deal.
Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal won’t be announced until the league year starts Wednesday.
Releasing Celek will save the Eagles $4 million under the salary cap. Celek was the longest-tenured player on the team, missing only one game in 11 seasons.
“Brent Celek defines what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle,” the team said in a statement. “His dedication to his profession and this organization is unmatched and he will go down as one of the best tight ends in franchise history. Brent embodied the city of Philadelphia’s temperament and character with his toughness and grit. He has been a huge part of everything we have been building over the last decade and it is only fitting that he was able to help us win our first Super Bowl last season.
“Unfortunately, in this business we are forced to make difficult decisions, especially this time of the year. This one is as tough as they come, but in our eyes, Brent will always be an Eagle.”
Burton threw out the first pitch before the Philadelphia Phillies played the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. He re-enacted his TD pass to Foles. The play was called “Philly Special.”
The versatile Burton gets a chance to be the No. 1 tight end on the Bears after catching 23 passes for 248 yards and five TDs in Philadelphia’s championship season
(the Associated Press contributed to this post)