Zach Miller (tight end, born 1984)

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Not to be confused with Zach Miller, the former Seattle Seahawks tight end
Zach Miller
No. 86 Chicago Bears
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-10-04) October 4, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth: Weston, Nebraska
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Wahoo (NE) Neumann
College: Nebraska–Omaha
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 180
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Receptions: 126
Receiving yards: 1,395
Receiving touchdowns: 13
Player stats at

Zachary Scott Miller (born October 4, 1984) is an American football tight end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played quarterback and tight end in college at Nebraska-Omaha. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Early life[edit]

A three-sport athlete at Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo, Nebraska, he earned all-state honors as a senior and earned honorable mention all-state honors in basketball. He set school records in football as a senior with 1,200 passing yards and 980 rushing yards.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 240 lb 4.53 s 1.55 s 2.62 s 4.22 s 7.06 s 37 12 in 10 ft 4 in
All values from Nebraska-Omaha Pro Day

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Miller was selected in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He was placed on injured reserve on September 1, 2012.[3]

He was waived from injured reserve on October 16, 2012.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On January 3, 2013, Miller was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On August 27, 2013, he was released by the Buccaneers.[4]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On December 30, 2013, Miller was signed by the Chicago Bears to a reserve/future contract.[5]

On August 15, 2014, Miller was placed on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury in the preseason.[6]

On February 27, 2015, he signed a one-year extension.[7] In week nine against the San Diego Chargers, Miller caught Jay Cutler's 25-yard pass with one hand to score the game-winning touchdown;[8] it was Miller's first NFL touchdown since 2011.[9] One week later, Miller caught 5 passes for 107 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown pass from Cutler, en route to a 37–13 win over the St. Louis Rams; the catch was the longest by a tight end since Byron Chamberlain's 88-yard play in 1999 and the longest touchdown reception by a Bear since Matt Forte's 89-yard score in 2010.[10]

On March 14, 2016, Miller signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract extension with the Bears.[11] He suffered a broken foot in Week 11 and was placed on injured reserve on November 23, 2016.[12]


  1. ^ {{cite web|last=Mullin|first=John|url= HONOR ADRIAN AMOS, ZACH MILLER AS PICCOLO AWARD WINNERS|publisher=Comcast SportsNet Chicago|date=April 26, 2016|accessdate=April 27, 2016}}
  2. ^ "Zach Miller" (PDF). Jaguars Media Guide. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars waive TE Zach Miller injured, claim TE Brett Brackett". Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bucs Reduce Roster to 75". August 27, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Wright, Michael C. (December 30, 2013). "Bears sign 11 to reserve/futures contracts". ESPN. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bears place Miller on injured reserve
  7. ^ Mayer, Larry (February 28, 2015). "Bears ink Zach Miller to one-year deal". Chicago Bears. Retrieved February 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ Mayer, Larry (November 9, 2015). "Read and React: Bears-Chargers". Chicago Bears. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ Gaines, Cork (November 9, 2015). "Chicago Bears tight end makes the catch of the year". Business Insider. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ Dubin, Jared (November 15, 2015). "Bears' Zach Miller goes 87 yards for longest catch by TE since 1999". Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ Briggs, Brad (March 14, 2016). "Zach Miller signs two-year deal, believes he can be Bears' No. 1 tight end". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ Mayer, Larry (November 23, 2016). "Bears re-sign Fales, put Miller on IR". 

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