Bears on precipice of making major change to receiving corps

Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears. (Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears. (Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Chicago Bears are on the verge of making a big change to their receiving corps this spring.

After three tough years with the Chicago Bears, wide receiver Anthony Miller may be on the move.

The Bears used their No. 51 overall pick to draft Miller out of Memphis in the 2018 NFL Draft. While he was a Consensus All-American playing for Mike Norvell in college, his skillset has not translated to the NFL level. In three seasons with the Bears, Miller has 134 catches for 1,564 yards and 11 touchdowns in 47 games. Now, he has been placed on the trading block by Chicago.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Miller could be traded here very soon. While Miller has been on the bad end of some horrendous quarterback play the last few years in Chicago, it does not seem like he will be part of the equation with Andy Dalton now under center. Heading into a contract year, Miller must now make the most of his opportunities to salvage his NFL career.

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By placing Miller on the trading block, it signifies the Bears are not all that interested in giving him a second contract. Because he is entering a contract year, he could potentially make big money if he balls out. However, it does not seem like that will be with Chicago if that were to be the case. Though they do not have much trade leverage, Miller could benefit from a fresh start elsewhere.

Overall, Miller may have a more robust trade market than people expect. It could drive up the price for him if the Bears have multiple suitors for him. The Kansas City Chiefs could use a replacement for Sammy Watkins. Maybe New Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer liked what he saw out of Miller during his time in Memphis when he was the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes?

If the Bears can get a worthwhile return for Miller, then they should consider trading him in 2021.

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