George Kittle doesn’t know what true philly specials are on the west coast, but he could get a taste with this move.
We aren’t talking about sandwiches.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Chicago Bears have parted ways with Burton after two seasons.
Burton grew to fame during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles. His role with the “Philly Special” in the Eagles Super Bowl win over the Patriots showed that Burton can be versatile.
In his first season with the Bears, Burton had a career year with 54 receptions for 569 yards and six touchdowns. However, after an unexplained injury that kept Burton out of the playoffs, his role and trust with the team fell out of sorts.
He appeared in eight games last season, recording just 84 yards receiving on 14 receptions.
Burton showed what he can do when he is healthy. Having a double-threat at tight end with Kittle and Burton doesn’t sound like a terrible idea, especially for a team that is hurting for help at wide receiver.
Burton could be given a one-year “prove it” deal and look to have a bounce back year. The 49ers are looking to revamp the receiver depth after Emmanuel Sanders bolted for New Orleans.
If Burton can bounce back, and the No. 13 overall pick, likely used on a receiver, can add depth, the 49ers could have a strong offense again.
This could be unstoppable with a healthy Burton and an All-Pro in Kittle.