Despite obvious needs, the Bears haven’t added anyone new to their receivers room this offseason.
And as it turns out, they might be subtracting from the group before they get around to bringing in new bodies.
A storyline to watch: The #Bears have been discussing a trade involving WR Anthony Miller with a number of teams, sources. The former 2nd round pick could be on the move. Stay tuned…
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 7, 2021
At the outset of the new league year, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Bears were having discussions with other teams regarding Miller’s availability. Schefter even went as far as to say Miller was likely to be traded, but nothing came of it. However, the tone of Ian Rapoport’s tweet above suggests there could be movement here soon.
I’m not sure what the Bears can get for Miller at this point. The 26-year-old receiver has 47 games under his belt, but his production has yet to see his production meet his potential. After scoring seven touchdowns as a rookie in 2018, Miller has scored just four times in 32 games since. Miller saw his yards/reception average of 12.7 over the first two years dip to 9.9 last season. This isn’t what the Bears had in mind when they traded a 2019 pick to gain the 51st overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft to select Miller, a first-team All-American receiver from Memphis. But getting any draft compensation for a player the team could cut with good reason is better than nothing.
The last time we saw Miller wearing a Bears uniform, he was walking off the field after throwing hands at Saints cornerback Chauncey Gardner-Johnson during the team’s playoff loss. And it came after the team was warned not to fall for Gardner-Johnson’s in-game shenanigans (again). So perhaps a clean slate for both parties is what’s needed here.