It is not uncommon after a team wins the Super Bowl for free agents to depart upon receiving large contracts. Philadelphia Eagles tight end Trey Burton could leave in free agency. The Houston Texans have to make a decision about their tight ends on their roster. If they decide to go in a different direction, Burton would make an excellent addition.
As a result of several injuries, C.J. Fiedorowicz’s future is up in the air. Fiedorowicz has suffered four concussions in two seasons which leaves his future in doubt. Due to this uncertain future, the Texans need to address the position and find his replacement. Burton could very well end up being just that, his replacement.
While Burton does not have eye popping numbers, he was productive when called upon. Burton caught 74.2 percent of passes thrown his way. When it was all said and done he finished the season with 23 receptions for 248 yards and five touchdowns. As the second tight end on the depth chart, this is more production than many expected. Pro Football Focus grades his season as average and ranks him 13th among tight ends. If Burton were to end up in a starting role, this could improve.
Burton will forever be remembered for his touchdown pass while running “Philly Special” in the Super Bowl. This is a landmark moment that will last for a long time even after his career is over. If Burton wants to build upon his legacy, he should consider departing Philadelphia and coming to Houston.
The Texans have a dynamic quarterback in Deshaun Watson who could use another receiving target. Houston already boasts productive receivers in DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, a tight end would balance the receiving threats quite nicely. Acquiring productive receiving options will only make the Texans offense that much more dangerous. In Houston Burton would not have to be a primary option, in fact he would be the third option. The Texans can utilize Burton to take advantage of the defense when they focus on Hopkins and Fuller.
Acquiring a tight end should be a priority in free agency. The Texans need to ensure Watson has enough targets to throw to. Signing Burton would be a step in the right direction as the Texans look to make a playoff run in 2018.