The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent fullback Michael Burton on a one-year contract. The announcement was made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Burton, 6-0, 240, is a five-year NFL veteran who was originally selected by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (168th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Rutgers. In five seasons for Detroit (2015-16), Chicago (2017-18) and Washington (2019), the Long Valley, N.J. native has played in 65 games with 13 starts, carrying eight times for 11 yards, catching nine passes for 53 yards and one touchdowns and 13 special teams tackles.
After Burton spent the 2019 preseason with New Orleans, he appeared in ten games with two starts for Washington and also contributed on special teams, where he recorded a career-high six coverage stops (three solo).
Burton was a five-year wide contributor at Rutgers, walking on as a freshman in 2010 and then contributing in the offensive backfield for the Scarlet Knights for the next four seasons. He played in 42 career games (27 starts) and totaled 116 career rushing yards on 22 carries to go along with 401 yards receiving on 47 receptions and three touchdowns.