The Bears re-signed tight end Zach Miller to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.
Miller’s career might have been over after he suffered a catastrophic knee injury last season, but the Bears guaranteed the 33-year-old a minimum of $458,000 for 2018, according to ProFootballTalk.com. Miller would collect $790,000 — the full monetary value of his split contract — if he manages to play in the upcoming season.
Miller watched part of the Bears’ OTA practice at the team facility Wednesday as he continues to recover from a knee dislocation that required emergency vascular surgery to save his left leg.
Miller was rushed to University Medical Center New Orleans on Oct. 29 after he dislocated his left knee while making an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone during Chicago’s game against the Saints.
Miller’s leg bent awkwardly on the play and he stayed down for several minutes until he was taken off the field on a cart.
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“I remember, before I got into the emergency surgery, the last thing I was telling the doctors was, ‘Please, save my leg!’ Because I knew that something wasn’t quite right just in the way my leg was feeling and the way it was filling up,” Miller said last December. “I knew we had issues.”
Miller caught 101 passes for 1,161 yards and 11 touchdowns over parts of three seasons with the Bears.
However, Chicago signed free agent Trey Burton to be their primary pass-catching tight end in Matt Nagy’s offense in the offseason. Burton received a four-year deal that includes $22 million in guaranteed money.
Since returning home, Miller’s health has steadily improved. The veteran tight end walked without a noticeable limp when he greeted Bears officials and media members during last week’s open practice session. Miller was awarded the 2017 Good Guy Award by the Chicago chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association.