Johnny Knox still hopes to continue the professional football career that got put on hold following a gruesome hit that led to spinal fusion surgery late in the 2011 season. Unfortunately, it won’t be with the Chicago Bears
In a move that should surprise no one but is still tinged with sadness, the Bears terminated the contract of Knox on Tuesday. Bears General Manager delivered the news to Knox in a brief morning conversation.
Knox started 27 of 45 games played in three seasons (2009-11) with the Bears, hauling in 133 receptions for 2,214 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 16.6 yards per reception was seventh best in the NFL during that time. He spent the 2012 season on the PUP list due to a back injury.
Knox added 1,506 yards on 55 kickoff returns (27.4 ypr) with one touchdown, earning a Pro Bowl nod as a returner in 2009.
He was acquired using a fifth round pick the Bears obtained in the Jay Cutler trade with Denver. Knox played collegiately at Abilene Christian and was scouted by the Bears during the “Texas vs. the Nation” game.
Without Knox last season, the Bears lacked a vertical speed threat that could have taken pressure off wide reciever Brandon Marshall and given Jay Cutler another weapon. The team is expected to add another wide receier either through free agency, or more likely, the upcoming spring draft.