Bears upgrade tight end position, leaving Zach Miller competing for spot

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The Bears’ offseason moves indicate they play to use more multiple tight end formations this season. Chicago committed to the position by signing Dion Sims to a three-year, $18 million deal with $10 million guaranteed, and by drafting Adam Shaheen in the second round. Both are obvious locks to make the roster assuming they stay healthy.

That leaves veteran Zach Miller competing with Daniel Brown, Ben Braunecker and MyCole Pruitt for potentially one spot.

Miller, 32, set career highs with 47 catches and 486 yards in 10 games last season. He broke his right foot in Week 11 last season, forcing him to miss the offseason program.

Since he joined the Bears in 2014, Miller has missed 23 games and played in 25. He has one year remaining on his contract with a base of $1.5 million. All of those factors could open the door for Brown, a converted receiver claimed off waivers from the Ravens in November.

“Basically me and Zach are the same players and obviously Zach can’t practice right now,” Brown said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “There is a lot of stuff they are putting in that Zach can do, and they want to see if I can do it. I guess they trust me enough to know if I can do it, Zach can do it. Let’s see what we can do with the skill sets we have.”

6 responses to “Bears upgrade tight end position, leaving Zach Miller competing for spot

  1. Ummm yea ok. If you think there is a single TE on the roster who has the same talent as Zack you’re crazy. Sims is a BLOCKING TE, period. Shaheen is a raw project that may take some time to even be ready for the NFL. None of the rest on the roster can come close to what miller brings. So as long as Miller is healthy hes a day 1 starter.

  2. @patrickvwashington Check your stats and watch the tape. Sims was more than a “blocking tight end” with Miami last year. He has much more upside. Follow the money…he is the starter. Shaheen was drafted in the second round. Miller has never played in all 16 games and had a season ending injury last year. The Bears are too deep at tight end to keep an injury plagued 32 year old.

  3. Just for one year I would love to see Miller healthy. I believe he would open a lot of eyes. What a frustrating career the man has had.

  4. I think he will start the season on the PUP, then he will be ready for the push to the super bowl….LOL.

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