Bears terminate contract of Johnny Knox
BY SEAN JENSEN Twitter: @SeanKJensen February 12, 2013 9:50AM
Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox beats the San Diego defense as he hauls in a touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Chicago Bears 31-20 win over the San Diego Chargers Sunday November 20, 2011 at Soldier Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: February 12, 2013 1:15PM
Johnny Knox harbors no ill feelings toward the Bears after the club terminated his contract, his marketing agent told the Sun-Times Tuesday morning.
“The Bears have been tremendous to him,” said Bill Horn, a close friend of Knox’s and his marketing agent. “He really appreciates everything they’ve done for him.”
Asked if Knox still plans to play, Horn said, “He’s going to explore all his options, but his first priority is obviously his health.
“He appreciates everyone’s prayers.”
With Knox’s contract set to expire in a few weeks, the Bears terminated his deal Tuesday morning.
It’s a disappointing end for a promising player. Knox started 27 of 45 games in three seasons (2009-11) with the Bears, hauling in 133 receptions for 2,214 yards and 12 touchdowns. But after suffering a serious back injury against the Seattle Seahawks in December 2011, Knox required surgery and missed the entire 2012 season, spending it on the PUP list.
Knox told the Sun-Times in December that he still wanted to play.
“I know what I can do,” Knox told the Sun-Times. “I know what I can contribute out there on the field.
“I’m just another weapon when I can get back out there.”
Knox also said he would “love” to re-sign with the Bears.
But the Bears have decided to move on from the fifth-round pick who appeared in the Pro Bowl in 2009 as a kickoff returner.
“Johnny should be very proud of his accomplishments and what he’s done for the city of Chicago and for the Chicago Bears,” general manager Phil Emery said on the team’s website. “He did a lot for our fans and a lot for our team. I’m disappointed for him that he won’t be able to move forward with the team.
“Johnny will always be a Bear and he will always be welcome here in our practice facility and all of our team events and at games.”