Denver Broncos: 9 tight ends the team could acquire for depth

Denver Broncos, Tyler Eifert. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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Trey Burton, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos, Trey Burton. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Trey Burton (Colts)

In addition to looking for players with connections to the front office, it’s never a bad idea to try and find guys with connections to the coaching staff.

Those connections always matter when it comes to finding free agent fits in the NFL and Trey Burton is no different.

Burton has a connection to Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur from his early days with the Philadelphia Eagles. Shurmur was with the Eagles from 2013-15 and Burton was signed by the Eagles in 2014 as an undrafted free agent.

Shurmur was no longer with the Eagles by the time Burton had his real breakout in the offense, but he would certainly have familiarity with him and Burton has proven himself to be a quality option in recent years.

He reached his peak in 2017/18 with the Eagles and Bears in 31 games with 11 touchdown catches and obviously the Philly Special touchdown pass in the Eagles’ Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.

In the 2018 season with the Chicago Bears, Burton finished as one of the league’s top run blockers as well.

He struggled to stay healthy in Chicago in 2019, was a cap casualty, and found a home with some of his former Eagles coaches in 2020 with the Colts. Playing in 13 games, he caught 28 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns.

As a solid veteran option with ties to the coaching staff, Burton would be a tremendous veteran addition for the Denver Broncos to consider.