According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Bears free agent tight end Zach Miller is seeking $5 million per year on a new contract.
Miller played an integral role for the Bears in 2015. He started 14 games alongside Martellus Bennett in the Bears’ two-tight end set. He caught 34 passes for 439 yards and a team-high five touchdowns. He became a go-to target for quarterback Jay Cutler when Bennett and receivers Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and rookie Kevin White all missed time due to injuries.
Despite his fantasy football success, Miller is nowhere near worth a $5 million contract. He comes with a huge red flag the size of Soldier Field in terms of durability. Miller has not yet been able to complete a full season healthy in his four years as a pro. He missed three full seasons from 2012-14 due to a variety of injuries, and will be 32 years old next year.
The Bears have a bit of a quandary on their hands at the position. Between the two of them, Bennett and Miller form one of the league’s more formidable tight end units, but Bennett has a dark cloud hovering over his head as well. He has been seeking a new contract since the end of last season and has become somewhat a distraction on and off the football field.
It’d be nice if Miller and the Bears can reach some middle ground on a new contract, and if Bennett can stay focused on finishing out his current contract strong. But the Bears have far too many holes to fill to allocate too much money to a pair of tight ends with question marks.