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Bears Sign Zach Miller To Split Deal

June 04, 2018 - 11:04 am

By Chris Emma

(670 The Score) -- One of the most respected players on the team, tight end Zach Miller will be a part of the Bears' locker room this season.

The Bears have officially signed Miller to a one-year contract, the team announced on Monday. It's a split deal that will pay him $458,000, whether he plays this upcoming season or not. If he returns and plays in 2018, he would make $790,000 for the year. The terms were first reported by Pro Football Talk.

Miller, 33, has undergone nine procedures on his left leg since a horrific injury in a game late last October at New Orleans. Miller's leg buckled in reverse as he landed on the turf at the Superdome while he attempted to haul in a touchdown. Upon evaluation on the field, it was discovered that he had suffered a torn popliteal artery and needed emergency vascular surgery to repair the artery and save his left leg.

Miller remains on track for a full recovery, though he said in an interview last month that the leg isn't yet at a point in which a determination could be made on his playing career. Miller is in the process of regaining his strength in the leg, which has included training and rehabbing at Halas Hall.

"I have an appreciation for the little things in life that you take for granted," Miller said recently in the aftermath of his injury.

In what can be considered a classy move by the Bears, Miller will be brought back as part of the team and given a chance to potentially continue playing in Chicago.