New England Patriots

Sep 17, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton (80) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Any potential plans to upgrade the tight end position are unlikely to end with Trey Burton joining the Patriots, as The Athletic’s Jeff Howe pegged a Burton-to-Foxborough move a ‘long shot’ on Saturday afternoon.

The 28-year-old Burton, who was cut from the Bears on Friday, hits the open market after a disastrous 2019 campaign that saw him haul in just 14 grabs for a total of 84 yards and zero touchdowns in eight games. It was a massive dip from a breakout 2018 that included career-best marks in catches (54), yards (569), and touchdowns (six) in 16 games for Chicago.

The former Florida Gator was also a factor in Philly, where he totaled 63 catches, 629 yards, and six scores in 48 games before he ended his Eagles career with a touchdown pass to Nick Foles in a 41-33 Super Bowl win over the Patriots.

While Burton may not be a fit for New England, it will be interesting to see where the Patriots go when it comes to addressing the tight end position, which feels like an absolute need for this offense after a nightmarish 2019 at the position.

With downright dreadful production from the trio of Ben Watson, Matt LaCosse, and Ryan Izzo last year, it’s hard to imagine the Patriots waltzing into 2020 without making some sort of move to bolster the position’s depth, be it through a trade (O.J. Howard is back on the trade block) or through next week’s NFL Draft.

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