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Knox was under contract for 2013

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When the Bears released receiver Johnny Knox earlier today, we checked NFLPA records regarding his contract status.  Those records revealed that Knox was under contract for 2013, at a salary of $1.26 million.

Elsewhere it’s been reported that Knox was due to become a free agent in March 2013, which would mean the Bears were simply doing him a favor by giving him an early ticket to the open market.

That’s not the case.  A Bears spokesman advises PFT that, because Knox spent all of the 2012 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, his contract tolled.

So while 2012 would have been the last season of his rookie deal, that moved to 2013.  And the Bears opted to move on.

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7 Responses to “Knox was under contract for 2013”
  1. qbofthenever says: Feb 12, 2013 2:35 PM

    The Bears did right by Knox. They paid him for the balance of 2011 and the entire 2012 season while he rehabbed. Dude is lucky to be alive…take some of that cash and figure something else out.

  2. iowahbr says: Feb 12, 2013 3:24 PM

    but don’t forget the NFL is a biz first. Is Knox ready to comeback?. Looks like the Bears never even gave him a shot.

  3. west4420 says: Feb 12, 2013 3:49 PM

    iowahbr says:Feb 12, 2013 3:24 PM

    but don’t forget the NFL is a biz first. Is Knox ready to comeback?. Looks like the Bears never even gave him a shot.
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    They sure as hell gave him a shot…a shot of cash into his accounts for the effort he put in. bears did right by him.

    Knox is not playing again and even if he does what team is the one that will have him paralyzed or worse when he gets nailed again.

    Johnny is under 150lbs right now and can’t run without assistance.

  4. iowahbr says: Feb 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    what a shame. I hope he finds another path beyond football.

  5. mantastic54 says: Feb 12, 2013 5:35 PM

    You could make a very good case that the terrible Soldier Field grass cost him his career. If he doesn’t slip vs Sd causing an int Cutler doesn’t break his thumb making a tackle and it probably changes the rest of the Bears season and who knows if the play vs Seattle ever takes place.

  6. chi3454 says: Feb 12, 2013 6:05 PM

    mantastic54 says:
    Feb 12, 2013 5:35 PM

    You could make a very good case that the terrible Soldier Field grass cost him his career. If he doesn’t slip vs Sd causing an int Cutler doesn’t break his thumb making a tackle and it probably changes the rest of the Bears season and who knows if the play vs Seattle ever takes place.

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    You have no idea what you are talking about. The play happened after Knox caught a 17 yard pass, fumbled the ball, and then tried diving after the loose ball at the same time a defender dove in the opposite direction. He never slipped, the field had nothing to do with it. Knox had a ton of potential and what happened was a tragedy, but don’t just start pointing fingers for the sake of arguing.

  7. edavidberg says: Feb 12, 2013 10:44 PM

    The point was Knox slipped on the INT that got Cutler hurt. If Cutler doesn’t go down, everything could be different for the rest of the season. Its a bit of a stretch but that was the point. I wish Knox the best that was a horrific injury but he still has a long life ahead of him.

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