Yesterday, the Chicago Bears officially re-signed tight end Zach Miller to a one-year deal. The deal is worth up to $790k, if he were to play this upcoming season. Unfortunately, just one day later no less, it was revealed that he will most likely miss the entire 2018 regular season
The Bears have announced via Twitter that they have moved Miller to the Reserve/PUP list.
We have officially placed TE Zach Miller on Reserve/PUP.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 5, 2018
This transaction will likely end Zach’s season before it even began, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. By rule, the reserve/PUP designation means that Zach Miller will not count against the Bears’ official 53-man roster. A great article explaining the rules of transactions like these can be found on Niners’ Nation.
Miller was always considered a long shot to play when one considers the severity of his leg injury. He did not just dislocate the patella (knee cap) in his left knee, he severed an artery which required immediate vascular surgery to repair the damages to his vascular system, on top of stabilizing the joint. Luckily, surgeons were successful in saving his leg from a possible amputation.
The tight end position will likely roll with their primary trio of Adam Shaheen, Trey Burton, and Dion Sims moving forward.
Ryan Pace and the Bears certainly kept his prognosis and recovery in mind when structuring his one-year deal. In a class act, the Bears fully guaranteed $458K of his contract in what is known as a “split” in his deal. In essence, he was paid that $458K up-front, prior to this roster transaction.