On Tuesday, Bears TE Zach Miller announced he was retiring from the NFL.
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• To the city of Chicago, my beloved bears fans and NFL fans everywhere… The time has come to move on from playing the game of football. It has been an incredible journey for myself and my entire family and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support. I would love more than anything to step on Soldier Field one last time but I physically cannot give the game and our fans what they deserve. It’s difficult to find words to express my love and gratitude to every single person that has cheered my name, picked me up and stood strong with me throughout my time in this league. I am forever grateful. To the McCaskey Family and the entire Bears organization, THANK YOU for changing my life! To my Family, teammates and coaches, I value nothing more than the friendships and love I have gained from this game! I love you all! And to everyone else chasing a dream… never stop, never settle! • -Z
A serious knee injury midway through the 2017 season nearly cost Miller his leg and ultimately ended his NFL career.
Miller, 33, is a former sixth-round pick of the Jaguars back in 2009. He signed on with the Bears in 2015 and returned to the team on a two-year, $5.5 million contract includes $3 million guaranteed in 2016.
Miller made a base salary of $1.5 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent in the coming months.
In 2017, Miller appeared in eight games and caught 20 passes for 236 yards receiving and two touchdowns.