And as a source with intimate knowledge as to the dynamics of the team’s operation tells us, there’s simply no way that the team will be cutting Miller.
Typically, players become salary-cap casualties when dumping their salaries would result in a potentially significant cap savings. In Miller’s case, his base salary is only $800,000.
Though there’s a chance that Miller has other compensation that would be avoided if he were cut, the final years of low first-round rookie contracts usually don’t have exotic terms.
We’ll be tracking down more details about the potential cap savings that the Steelers would realize if Miller were released. Based on what we already know, however, Miller isn’t going anywhere this year.
This doesn’t mean that the team will keep him in 2010. But if there’s no salary cap next year, the salary cap won’t be a reason to not keep him around.