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Detroit Lions free agent target TE Trey Burton to sign 4-year, $32 million deal with Chicago Bears

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The Lions missed out on a potential Eric Ebron replacement.

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In an effort to replace or complement tight end Eric Ebron, the Detroit Lions were reportedly interested in adding Eagles tight end Trey Burton. That dream appears to have ended on Tuesday, as NFL Network Mike Garafolo is reporting that Burton has agreed to join the NFC North rival Chicago Bears.

Ian Rapoport has the contract details:

Four years, $32 million is a pretty hefty contract for a player that has yet to assume a starting role and has never caught more than 40 passes or surpassed 330 receiving yards in a season. However, at 26 years old, the Bears are banking on the fact that Burton could thrive in a bigger role.

The Bears have now added two key weapons for young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears agreed to terms with No. 1 receiver Allen Robinson late on Monday.

As for the Lions, this may make it harder for the Lions to trade Eric Ebron. The biggest reason for sending Ebron is his $8.25 million cap hit, but the market for a young tight end appears to be right around that number. Burton is now getting $8 million a year, while Cameron Brate re-signed with the Buccaneers on a six-year, $41 million deal ($6.8 million per year).

Detroit now has fewer options to replace Ebron in the market, too. Jimmy Graham is still out there, as is Tyler Eifert and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but none of those players are a clear upgrade while saving the Lions the money they want.