Bears bring back Zach Miller, despite serious knee injury

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The football career of Bears tight end Zach Miller likely ended last season, when he suffered a serious knee injury against the Saints. Even thought it’s doubtful that Miller will ever play again, the Bears have brought him back for 2018.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Bears have re-signed Miller to a one-year deal.

Miller, 33, joined the Bears in 2015. Under the so-called “split” contract with the Bears, he’ll earn $458,000 for 2018, whether he plays or not.

If he somehow is able to play, he would make $790,000 in 2018.

It’s a class move by the Bears, who otherwise wouldn’t have owed Miller a dime, since his contract expired after the 2017 season. And it sends a message to the locker room that the Bears don’t automatically regard players as nameless, faceless, fungible commodities who come and go on a constant basis, and who get nothing more than what the CBA entitles them to.

40 responses to “Bears bring back Zach Miller, despite serious knee injury

  1. Dude started out with the Jags. Could always tell he had alot of talent but he was constantly hurt. He turned into a really good player and I wish him a full recovery.

  2. yall remember that game against the saints where he hurt his knee? they took his td away and his team lost, im a big old whodat and even i felt bad for him

  3. Another Pack fan. Way to go Bears!! Way more class than Minnesota will ever have.

  4. Great move by the Bears for Zach! Let’s not crown this front office as the classiest team in the NFL. What about Cam Meredith? A hometown kid coming off a horrific injury and he received the low ball tender and was sent packing. Why wasn’t he worth the extra million?

  5. Very compassionate move. The likelihood of Miller ever playing again is very slim. It’s kind of a reward for being a great teammate. Classy move by Pace and Mckaskey. This should send a message to all players in the league that the Bears really are a good place for players to thrive. Worst to First! write it down…..

  6. It is a very classy move that does show the locker room that you care. It also shows the NFL is a money printing machine but at least the Bears were kind enough to give it to a guy who deserves it.

    Having a career ending injury, whether in college or the pros, is devastating.

    I had one as a baseball player. Nothing like injuring your arm the night before your very first game in rookie ball (same one Andrew Luck has and it is a lifetime lingering issue, but maybe modern medicine has changed). I got a plane ticket home. At the time, I was extremely thankful it wasn’t a bus ticket.

  7. They should have brought Greg Olsen back.

    Oh… sorry… I mean… it’s ALL Jay Cutler’s fault.

  8. Can’t believe they still ruled that play a non-catch/non-TD…talk about adding insult to injury…

  9. watchem313552556 maybe because he only had 1 good season and was demanding a 2 year guaranteed deal. Miller was not demanding anything and will never see the field again. I hope merideth can come back and play but the bears could not wait and see and needed to move on.

  10. watchem313552556 says:
    June 4, 2018 at 9:29 am
    Great move by the Bears for Zach! Let’s not crown this front office as the classiest team in the NFL. What about Cam Meredith? A hometown kid coming off a horrific injury and he received the low ball tender and was sent packing. Why wasn’t he worth the extra million?

    These are not comparable. Zach’s career is likely over. Cam’s is not. Another team made an offer that the Bears weren’t willing to match, considering they already have 2 injury rehab wide receivers under contract for 2018 already.

  11. Ensures he has access to insurance, team rehab facilities and training staff. Nicely done Chicago.

  12. Great move by Chicago!

    Be a better move if the NFL correctly ruled he caught the ball too.

  13. Maaaaan, I had forgotten that gruesome moment. Love this story’s end, but wish I didn’t have to be reminded of that. I didn’t even watch the replay, I was too busy trying not to puke.

    I’ve always disliked the Bears, but I have to give the organization all the credit for being player friendly in a truly meaningful way. Sometimes I feel like the Seahawks are more talk than walk. I hope they (and the rest of the league) take note.

  14. Zach Miller was a strength in the clubhouse for the Bears at a time when they sorely needed it. This is a very generous and justified move by the front office.

    Sadly, I will always remember Miller for that travesty of a call vs. New Orleans. He caught the ball as his leg exploded, rolled over in pain and set the ball on the turf — intentionally. That’s the essence of a great NFL play and the nonsense of 21st Century NFL officiating botched it….literally adding insult to devastating injury.

    Any, best wishes to Zach, whatever is in store for him next.

  15. I am glad that I am a Bears Fan. Although, its been pretty rough since Lovie Smith was fired.

  16. They did the same thing for Johnny Knox when he suffered the worst back injury I’ve ever seen. I still can’t watch a replay of that and if I ever do I might puke and pass out!!!!

    This is just one of the reasons I love this team.

  17. That’s just a great move — probably done more for the health insurance than anything.

  18. Almost as important as the salary…..

    With the state of that leg…..There are probably several follow-up operations that may be required this year……

    Very important to have good insurance……

    Now taken care of…..

    Great move by the Bears…..The problem is…..Name one other team that has done similar????/

  19. Great move by the Bears…..The problem is…..Name one other team that has done similar????/
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    The Vikings tolled Kenechi Udeze’s contract when they didn’t have to following his diagnosis of leukemia and subsequent treatment. Even when his comeback stalled due to his health and he had to retire, the Vikings continued to pay him stating that they wanted him to only concentrate on his health.

    This however takes nothing away from the classy move by the Bears and they should be applauded.

  20. Another Packers fan here. It’s great to hear about the Bears doing this. Well done Chicago!

  21. As a Lions fan I do not want to like anything bears…. but good job Chicago! More teams including my own hometown could learn how to treat their players!

  22. Saints fan here. This dude is a champ. Glad they are treating him right. Classy move.

    I’ve never felt so bad about a win as seeing him get hurt and the TD called back.

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