Gators in the NFL: Burton signs with Colts

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Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton celebrates is touchdown during the second half Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in Miami Gardens. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tight end Trey Burton signed with the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced Wednesday night, reuniting him with coach Frank Reich, who was the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator when Burton was with that team.

Burton (University of Florida) became a free agent when he was released by the Bears on April 17 after two seasons with the club.

Burton dealt with a groin injury all last season and went on injured reserve in November after hurting his calf in a win over Detroit. He had 14 receptions for 84 yards in eight games. And when the Bears signed former All-Pro Jimmy Graham last month, that put his future in question.

Burton agreed to a $32 million, four-year contract with Chicago in free agency in March 2018. He set career highs with 54 receptions for 569 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with the Bears.

But he hasn’t been able to get healthy since he missed the their playoff loss to Philadelphia due to groin tightness at the end of the 2018 season. He had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and was brought along slowly during training camp.

Burton spent his first four seasons in Philadelphia and threw a touchdown to quarterback Nick Foles — recently acquired by Chicago from Jacksonville — in the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory over New England.