The Chicago Bears are being praised for re-signing Zach Miller to a one-year contract, even though they know full well that the 33-year-old tight end may never play another game again.
In a game last October, Miller suffered a devastating knee injury while attempting to catch a touchdown pass. He was diagnosed with a dislocated knee and a torn artery, which nearly required him to have his leg amputated.
He hasn't played since then and his contract expired at the end of the season, making him a free agent.
Miller caught 101 passes for 1,161 yards and 11 touchdowns over parts of three seasons with the Bears.
Miller may never be able to play again and is unlikely to be signed by another team. The Bears understand this, but they decided to offer him a one-year contract anyway in a classy move that is getting a lot of attention.
Miller will earn $458,000 next season, even if he doesn't suit up for one game. And if he does play, he'll be paid $790,000.