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Zach Miller: Ready to lead if Martellus Bennett stays or goes

Bears tight end Zach Miller. (AP)

One day after re-signing with the Bears, tight end Zach Miller sounded unsure if Martellus Bennett would return, as the team works with Bennett’s agent to try to find a place to trade him.

Miller, a former college quarterback, said he’s ready to lead whether Bennett returns or not.

“I feel like, if you look at my career and my history as an athlete and as a quarterback, I’m very comfortable being a leader,” Miller said Tuesday. “It’s one of the natural things that I’ve felt. I’ve done well throughout my college career. I didn’t have the opportunity to really step in and be a leader yet throughout my professional career but it’s growing.

“However things play out with Marty is how they play out. I told you guys before, that’s out of my control and out of his control. He’s a special player and a special person to be around. … It’s not up to us. However it plays out I’m really to fill whatever role is needed.”

He said he did not discuss his role with the team as it related to Bennett, who is entering the final year of his contact and the voluntary portion of last offseason away from Halas Hall.

“It’s not really something that I was focused on,” he said. “It will play out how it plays out. There’s business sides to the NFL. We all know that.”

The Bears signed Miller to a two-year, $6 million contract on Monday, which features an extra $2 million in incentives.

He chose the Bears after visiting at least one serious suitor, the Rams, on Sunday.

“Personally, for me and family, this is where we wanted to be,” he said.

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