The Chicago Bears today re-signed tight end Zach Miller to a two-year contract. The deal is worth $6 million, with $2 million in incentives.
Miller has spent the past two seasons with the Bears. In 15 games last year, he caught 34 passes for 439 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns.
Miller, a former 2009 sixth-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, missed three-plus seasons due to various injuries, yet stayed healthy last season and resurrected his once-dormant career.
He visited the L.A. Rams yesterday.
The Bears today also re-signed TE Rob Housler. Martellus Bennett is still under contract but the Bears are trying to move him in a trade. With Miller on board, that gives them the backup plan they need to send Bennett elsewhere.
From the official press release:
Miller has 79 receptions for 909 yards (11.5 ypr) and nine touchdowns in 48 games (19 starts) over four NFL seasons with Jacksonville (2009-11) and Chicago (2015).
Last season for the Bears, Miller set career-highs in receptions (34), receiving yards (439), receiving average (12.9 ypr) and receiving TDs (five) - which also led the team. All five of Miller’s touchdown receptions came in the last eight games in which he appeared in during the 2015 season. Over the last nine weeks of the 2015 regular season, Miller ranked tied for fourth in the NFL among tight ends in touchdown receptions (five) and seventh in receiving yards (404).
His 87-yard touchdown reception in Game 9 at St. Louis, was the second longest reception ever by a Bears tight end and tied for the seventh-longest overall in franchise history.