INDIANAPOLIS -- The Eagles are proving how much they want to keep Trey Burton.
The team is placing a second-round tender on the 25-year-old tight end, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com. This will prevent Burton from becoming an unrestricted free agent. The Boston Herald first reported the move.
It's not surprising at all the Eagles are going to place a tender on Burton; they think very highly of the young tight end. But the important part about this is the level at which they did.
Basically, there are three levels of tenders. A first-round tender, a second-round tender and an original-round tender. Because Burton is a restricted free agent, any team can sign him to an offer sheet, but the Eagles would have a chance to match. If they don't match, the Eagles would get a second-round pick from the team getting Burton. That's very likely not going to happen.
Placing a second-round tender on a guy like Burton is essentially ensuring that he'll be with the team in 2017 at a cap hit of around $2.8 million for the year. The original-round (or right of first refusal tender) would have cost around $1.8 million, but wouldn't have the same protection.
It's possible the tender could be temporary. According to a league source, the Eagles tried to sign Burton to a long-term deal during last season but the two sides couldn't reach an agreement.
Burton is coming off a career year in 2016. Coming into the year he had just three career catches, but in 2017 had 37 for 327 yards and a touchdown. And he was again a huge contributor on special teams.
If Burton continues to progress and the Eagles do sign him to a multi-year deal, they could have a duo of young and talented tight ends to help franchise quarterback Carson Wentz grow.
The Eagles' only other restricted free agent is running back Kenjon Barner.