The victim of the most gruesome NFL injury last season may never play again, but will now continue his rehab with a contract in hand.
The Bears re-signed Zach Miller to a one-year deal Monday, just seven months after the tight end nearly lost his leg in the aftermath of a brutal play in the end zone during a game against the Saints in October.
It is doubtful Miller will actually be able to recover enough to play in the NFL again, but the Bears made the class move by offering a contract that will pay him $458,000 regardless of whether he plays this season, according to ProFootballTalk. If he makes a miraculous return to the field, he would be paid $790,000.
Miller officially dislocated his knee and tore his popliteal artery on the play while trying to make a touchdown catch — only to have it overturned by replay, to make matters worse. But he later revealed he asked doctors to “save my leg” in the minutes following the injury as he was carted off the field and rushed to a Level 1 trauma center to undergo emergency surgery. The quick actions by the Bears’ medical staff may have saved him from amputation.“That was actually Sid Dreyer, our assistant athletic trainer, kind of took the bull by the horns there,” Miller said in December. “The Level 1 trauma center that I was at was actually like four or five minutes from the stadium. By the time we make the trip to the other, they diagnose me, I would’ve had to go back to the Level 1 trauma that we already went to.
“So, Sid’s my hero. He saved my leg.”
The 33-year-old Miller was playing in the final year of a contract last season, so as a free agent, he could not collect injury protection.