The Chicago Bears cannot afford to cut Anthony Miller a year early
The second final returning player from 2020 on this list will be Anthony Miller. In 2021 Miller will be entering his fourth season, all of which have been in Chicago. At the start of this year, I thought this would be a make-or-break season for the young receiver.
After two promising years by Miller, he seemed to have regressed in 2020. You can argue that his regression is a result of the playcalling and QB play, both of which have not been good in 2020. The emergence of Darnell Mooney can also be attributed to this, in years past Miller was the clear number two but Mooney has taken quite a bit of Miller’s targets this season.
Looking at the two receivers’ numbers also shows that they have quite similar stats this year, and I feel that neither one of them has taken over as the legit number two receiver. With Robinson most likely leaving Chicago, it will be an interesting battle in training camp next year to see who takes the number one spot.
Looking at Miller’s contract, the Bears could choose to move on from Miller very easily after this season since he is still on his rookie deal. I think moving on from him wouldn’t be a smart move by the team because, without Robinson, the production of Miller and Mooney should rise, and having the two of them on cheap deals can very much work in Chicago’s favor.