Today was a busy day for former Eagles tight end Trey Burton. Earlier, he reportedly agreed to a four-year deal worth $32 million with the Chicago Bears before executing the “Philly Special” one last time ahead of Phillies exhibition game with the Rays. Here he is hitting Phillies color analyst Ben Davis:
He also made time to join 94WIP’s afternoon show hosted by Jon Marks and Ike Reese to discuss his big day. Although many assumed the Eagles wouldn’t be able to make a competitive offer to retain Burton’s services, apparently the arm behind one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history didn’t quite see it the same way. Burton rather forcefully expressed what he termed his “disappointment” with the Eagles. You can give it a listen after the jump:
I was really disappointed, man, honestly. If I’m going to be open and transparent, I was really disappointed that there wasn’t any offers, it didn’t seem like they were even trying to really make it happen. In reality, you can make anything happen if you really want to and so that was my mindset and I’m really disappointed in that. It kind of hurt me a little bit.
I don’t want to do this thing where I blindly defend every move the Eagles make. They’re going to screw up at some point and when they do, they should be called on it. This time around, though, I don’t know–Burton’s beef seems kind of ridiculous.
Sure, he’s right. If the Eagles wanted to keep him, they could have freed up the money and taken a hit elsewhere, but given the strong market for his services and their current cap situation, his disappointment is a bit surprising. Maybe he would’ve taken less to stay with the Eagles, but it would be irresponsible to offer a contract anywhere near what he received with Chicago to retain the services of a number two tight end. It wasn’t happening.
We seem to learn this lesson all over again every year, but this situation underscores how quickly life changes in the NFL. It was only 37 days ago that Burton forever etched his name into Eagles lore and now we’re here. The Eagles, at least for the time being, move Billy Brown to the backup tight end spot, while Burton takes his talents and animosity to Chicago. It’s a cold business.