Chicago Bears Stay or Go: Zach Miller

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Zach Miller
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Zach Miller /

The Chicago Bears have some decisions to make on several free agents this coming offseason. They have to decide if they want to let go of tight end Zach Miller or keep him.

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 24: Zach Miller
CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 24: Zach Miller /

Any Bears’ fan knows that Zach Miller has spent a lot of time injured since coming to the team back in 2015. He only played in eight games in 2017 before suffering that gruesome knee dislocation that sent him out for the remainder of the season. Before the injury, he had caught 20 passes for 236 yards for an average of 11.8 yards per catch. He had just two touchdowns for the season, and one famous one denied.


This is difficult. Miller’s injury is probably going to keep him out of football at least one more year. By the time he gets a shot at playing again, he could easily be 34 to almost 35 years old. That means that his best years will have gone by him. But the Bears are loyal and if Miller chooses to make a comeback, he could do it with the Bears. They would certainly be willing to give him a shot.


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This is the most likely scenario. Miller’s contract is up at the end of the league year and it’s likely it won’t be renewed. It’s possible that Miller could retire. The safe bet is that he goes out in a good way and retires with the Bears, the team that picked him up when he was down this season. There is a lot of loyalty on both sides.


If Miller discovers he will have a long and difficult road to recovery he will retire a Bear before free agency starts this off-season. As sad as it is to say, his football career is likely over.