Preparing to say bye to Bennie and Burton
26 January 2017 Eagles News
Free agency starts on March 9. Although that means Eagles fans have new players to looking forward to, it also means we may be saying goodbye to others.
NT Bennie Logan is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agency in early March and TE Trey Burton will be a restricted free agent. The two are not the first you think of when you hear Philadelphia Eagles but both played important roles in the successes of the 2016 season.
Bennie was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft. He is solid defensive tackle, especially in the run game and can cause havoc to benefit the players next to him on the line. The LSU product has embraced Eagles fans and recently came out declaring his interest in staying with the birds.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) December 30, 2016
Although Logan did miss some games during his time with the Eagles, he has been a dependable and productive force during his career in Philadelphia. Beau Allen and rookie Destiny Vaeao stepped up during rotations this season and displayed this abilities to take over Logan’s workload.
It’ll be difficult as a fan to see Bennie sign with another NFL team; however, if he signed with the Jets that would be amazing.
Trey signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida in 2014. Until the 2016 season, Burton did not see the field much outside of contributing on special teams.
While Carson Wentz was slated to sit an entire season after being drafted second overall in the 2016 draft, Burton became his receiving target during practices leading up to the Sam Bradford trade. When Wentz was shoved into the starting role week 1, his rapport with Burton was evident.
Top-graded Eagles on offense:
1. QB Carson Wentz: 84.0
2. RT Lane Johnson: 82.3
3. LG Allen Barbre: 80.5
4. TE Trey Burton: 79.1
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 20, 2016
Doug Pederson’s offense admittedly calls for 3 tight end sets and Wentz utilized Burton as a safety blanket during several games this season. I do think the Eagles could have done more to develop him as a fullback option but that’s another article entirely.
Burton, like Bennie, is a great locker room guy. He has high character, has a great relationship with his teammates and is an incredibly hard-working player.
In my view and gut, the Eagles could find a way to keep Burton on a team-friendly deal or tender him at a 3rd round grade and get value that way if another team decided to invest in him. At this point, I can’t see the front office going out of their way to keep him.
Other free-agents-to-be are Nolan Carroll, Stefen Wisniewski, Stephen Tulloch, Bryan Braman, Najee Goode, and Kenjon Barner.
#Eagles fans: what would you prefer for the front office to do?
— Kelly (@girlnamedkelly) January 26, 2017