Michael Burton
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Burton with the Chiefs in 2021
No. 45 – Kansas City Chiefs
Personal information
Born: (1992-02-01) February 1, 1992 (age 30)
Long Valley, New Jersey
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school:West Morris Central
(Washington Township, New Jersey)
College:Rutgers (2011–2014)
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 168
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2022
Rushing yards:63
Rushing average:2.5
Rushing touchdowns:1
Receiving yards:114
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Michael Burton (born February 1, 1992) is an American football fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rutgers, and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins.

Early years

Burton attended and played high school football at West Morris Central High School in Washington Township, New Jersey.[1]

College career

Burton played college football at Rutgers from 2011 to 2014.[2] In the 2011 season, he had 10 carries for 44 rushing yards to go along with 10 receptions for 68 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.[3] In the 2012 season, he had three receptions for 34 receiving yards in four games.[4] In the 2013 season, he had 19 receptions for 149 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.[5] In his final collegiate season in 2014, he had 15 receptions for 150 receiving yards.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11+14 in
(1.81 m)
242 lb
(110 kg)
29+14 in
(0.74 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.74 s 1.65 s 2.75 s 4.34 s 7.20 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Detroit Lions

Burton was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (168th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[8]

On May 12, 2015, the Detroit Lions signed Burton to a four-year, $2.46 million contract with a signing bonus of $184,356.[9]

He entered training camp competing with Emil Igwenagu to be the Detroit Lions' starting fullback. He won the job and was named their starting fullback to begin the regular season.[10] He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Lions' season-opener against the San Diego Chargers.[11] The next game, Burton had his first career carry for a two-yard gain in a 16–26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.[12] On October 5, 2015, he made his first career catch on a three-yard pass from Matt Stafford and finished the 10–13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks with one carry for no yards and one catch for three yards.[13] On December 21, 2015, Burton caught his first career touchdown on a four-yard pass from Stafford and finished the 35–27 win over the New Orleans Saints with two receptions for ten yards and one touchdown.[14]

He finished his rookie season with four carries for two rushing yards and six receptions for 39 receiving yards and a touchdown, while starting seven games and appearing in all 16.[15][16]

Burton entered his second season as the Lions' de facto starter at fullback. Although he appeared in 15 games, he wasn't credited with an official start in any of them and also did not receive any carries or receptions throughout his second year.[15][17]

On May 30, 2017, Burton was waived by the Lions.[18]

Chicago Bears

Burton was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears on May 31, 2017..[19]

On September 10, 2017, in his Bears debut, Burton had one rush for seven yards in the 23–17 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field.[20] On the 2017 season, he had four carries for nine rushing yards to go along with two receptions for eight receiving yards.[21]

The following season Burton played in eight games with one start, mostly working as a blocking back.[22]

New Orleans Saints

On May 13, 2019, Burton signed with the New Orleans Saints.[23] He was released on August 31, 2019.[24]

Washington Redskins

Burton signed with the Washington Redskins on October 15, 2019.[25]

New Orleans Saints (second stint)

On March 23, 2020, Burton signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.[26] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on January 2, 2021,[27] and activated on January 6.[28]

Kansas City Chiefs

Burton signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on April 5, 2021.[29] In the Chiefs week 15 game against the Los Angeles Chargers, he scored his first career rushing touchdown on a seven-yard run.[30]

On March 21, 2022, Burton re-signed with the Chiefs on a one-year deal for an disclosed amount.[31]


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  2. ^ "Michael Burton College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Michael Burton 2011 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Michael Burton 2012 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Michael Burton 2013 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Michael Burton 2014 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Michael Burton | Rutgers, FB : 2015 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "2015 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  9. ^ Koestenblatt, Jason (May 12, 2015). "Long Valley's Burton inks four-year deal worth $2.46 million with Detroit". patch.com. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "Ourlads.com: Detroit Lion's Depth Chart: 08/31/2015". ourlads.com. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
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  12. ^ "Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - September 20th, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks - October 5th, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints - December 21st, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "NFL Player Profile: Michael Burton". NFL.com. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
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  17. ^ "Michael Burton 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "Lions sign free agents RB Matt Asiata and G Connor Bozick". DetroitLions.com. May 30, 2017. Archived from the original on May 30, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  19. ^ Mayer, Larry (May 31, 2017). "Bears add FB Burton, waive TE House". ChicagoBears.com.
  20. ^ "Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears - September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  21. ^ "Michael Burton 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  22. ^ Mayer, Larry (February 5, 2019). "Bears 2018 position review: Running back". Chicago Bears. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  23. ^ "Saints Announce Roster Moves Following Rookie Minicamp". NewOrleansSaints.com. May 13, 2019.
  24. ^ "New Orleans Saints make roster reductions to 53". NewOrleansSaints.com. August 31, 2019.
  25. ^ "Redskins Place TE Jerome Cunningham On IR; Release TE Drew Belcher, T Victor Salako; Sign FB Michael Burton". Redskins.com. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  26. ^ "New Orleans Saints agree to terms with fullback Michael Burton on one-year contract". NewOrleansSaints.com. March 20, 2020.
  27. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". NewOrleansSaints.com. January 2, 2021. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  28. ^ Just, Amie (January 6, 2021). "Saints All-Pros Michael Thomas, Deonte Harris return to practice, 3 RBs reinstated from COVID-19 list". NOLA.com. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  29. ^ "2021 NFL Transactions: Signings – April". NFL.com. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  30. ^ Dillon, John (December 17, 2021). "WATCH: Chiefs FB Michael Burton rumbles for first score vs. Chargers". Chiefs Wire. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  31. ^ "Chiefs resign FB Michael Burton, reports say". KSN.com.