PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Trey Burton reportedly signed a four-year deal worth $32 million with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.
But the man who threw the Philly Special, while gracious and thankful for his time in Philadelphia, was disappointed the Eagles didn’t try to retain him.
Listen: Trey Burton on the 94WIP Marks & Reese Show
“No, I was really disappointing man, honestly,” Burton told Jon Marks and Ike Reese on 94WIP. “If I’m going to be open and transparent, I was really disappointed that there wasn’t any offers — didn’t really seem like they were even trying to 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 kinda hurt me a little bit.”
Burton posted this message on his Instagram account.
Philly, today is a bittersweet day. Thank you to my wife Yesenia and my children Ariella, Jaxon, and Kaia as well as the rest of my Philly family for their amazing support throughout these last four years. Thank you to my guys in the tight end room, Brent Celek and Zach Ertz for helping me get better as a player and a person everyday. Thank you to my brothers Carson Wentz, Jordan Hicks, Chris Maragos and Nick Foles. May you continue to spiritually impact the city of Philadelphia on and off the field. I pray that you’ll continue to follow God’s lead in each of your journeys and be all that He has called you to be. Thank you to James Casey and Jordan Matthews. Though our playing time was short together , James you took me under your wing and showed me how to be a professional and Jordan, I grew more in my spiritual life during that first season than ever before. Thank you to Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman for taking a chance and giving me an opportunity when nobody else did. Thank you Doug Pederson and Frank Reich for adopting me. You could have easily moved on from me, but instead you accepted me and gave me a role that helped me develop into the player I am today. Thank you Justin Peelle for the countless hours and commitment you and your family have put forth to making me a better football player and tight end. Thank you to Ted Winsley our team chaplain and pastor Kyle Horner for pouring into me and my family. Thank you for your leadership. I pray that the seeds that were sown in Philadelphia during my time will blossom into something more than we could ever imagine. Thank you to the city of Philadelphia. You’ve embraced me as an undrafted free agent. I will never forget the love and support you’ve shown me. I’ve grown more in my faith during my time here and you’ve accepted me as an athlete and even more as a follower of Jesus. The 2017 season was truly awesome and the entire Super Bowl experience was more than I could have ever dreamed of. There’s not a more deserving fan base than you and I’m so thankful to be a part of your first ever Super Bowl championship. Thank you Philly, it truly was “special” Chicago, I’ll see you soon. LET’S DO THIS!!
He also responded to a lot of the kind words on Twitter, including 94WIP’s interview request, which prompted the aforementioned phone call.
Burton, 26, made the Eagles’ roster in 2014 under then head coach Chip Kelly as an undrafted free-agent. Burton caught 23 balls for 248 yards and five touchdowns last season.