Anthony Miller’s days in the Windy City are looking like they could be numbered.
The Chicago Bears traded up to draft the wide receiver in 2018, sending the No. 105 pick that year along with a second-rounder in 2019 to the New England Patriots in exchange for the talented Memphis wideout, but Miller hasn’t had the breakout general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy hoped he would have. Now, as reported by NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Bears are discussing trading the receiver, who apparently has a number of suitors:
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
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Miller’s Potential Final Game With Bears Was Memorable in a Bad Way
In what could very likely be his final game in a Bears uniform, Miller was ejected from Chicago’s Wild Card loss to the New Orleans Saints in January. He punched New Orleans defensive back CJ Gardner-Johnson after being warned by Nagy and the coaching staff to avoid conflict with Gardner-Johnson specifically. After Bears wideout Javon Wims had been ejected for hitting the Saints defensive back during the regular season, Gardner-Johnson had been on Chicago’s radar, and the team was clearly unhappy with Miller’s actions.
Bears chairman George McCaskey discussed the incidents with both Miller and Wims after the season, and he was quite a bit more critical of Miller’s actions.
“I have a bigger problem with Anthony’s ejection because they sat him down and they told him, ‘Listen, watch out for this player. He’s a punk. He’s going to try to get under your skin. And with Darnell Mooney out, we really need you to be in this game and help this team,’ ” McCaskey said shortly after the incident, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “And Anthony had the benefit of having seen Javon’s experience. … I’ve got a bigger problem with Anthony’s ejection than I do -Javon’s.”
Now, the fourth-year wideout will likely get a fresh start with a new team, with the Bears likely turning to a talented group of receivers in the upcoming draft to replace Miller in the slot.
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