Trey Burton’s time as a free agent didn’t last long.
Here’s an update from his agency:
Burton has signed a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, but it isn’t a bank-breaking deal like the one he signed in Chicago. Instead, the Colts are taking a low-cost flier on Burton. And when you have cap space, draft capital, and a variety of offensive weapons elsewhere, it is easier to talk your way into rolling the dice on a player like Burton. Having a prior relationship with Indianapolis Head Coach Frank Reich probably helps, too.
This isn’t to say Burton isn’t talented. However, Burton’s recent injury history is and that a Bears team desperate for tight end help cut him (with a failed physical designation) are red flags.
As for the contractual offsets, Brad from OverTheCap.com has some details:
Offset money, like incentives, is a debit or credit in the annual adjustment at the end of the season
Bears do not gain $910K of 2020 cap space just like that. Still a lot of season left
— BradOTC (@BradOTC) April 22, 2020
It’s worth noting that the Bears are scheduled to play host to the Colts in 2020. Hopefully, the Bears defense will be prepared to stop a potential Burton revenge game from breaking out at Soldier Field.