The Bears announced that they have re-signed tight end Zach Miller. Miller will return on a two-year deal. Miller’s deal with the Bears is worth $6MM with another $2MM available in incentives, a source told Tom Pelissero of USA Today (on Twitter).
The Bears are looking to trade Martellus Bennett, so Miller could now take over as the Bears’ No. 1 tight end. Not to be confused for former Pro Bowler Zach Miller, who spent time with the Raiders and Seahawks, this Zach Miller had an improbable comeback to the NFL in 2015 after not having appeared in a game since the 2011 season due to various injuries. The former sixth-round pick, who came into the season having recorded 45 career receptions, set new career highs by grabbing 34 balls for 439 yards and five touchdowns in 2015.
Before signing with the Bears, Miller drew interest from the Rams. Los Angeles would have made a lot of sense for Miller, especially after the club released fellow tight Jared Cook earlier this month. Los Angeles still has Lance Kendricks on the roster, but the team doesn’t have a lot of other reliable receiving options, so Miller could have added another dynamic in the passing game. Alas, he’ll be staying put in Chicago and won’t be moving to L.A.
The 31-year-old Miller isn’t a great run-blocker, but his offensive ability gives him considerable value. Miller was said to be seeking $5MM annually, but he wound up settling for less on his new deal with the Bears. Miller was considered the best tight end remaining on the free agent market, as Antonio Gates, Coby Fleener, Allen, and Ladarius Green have all signed new contracts.
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