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Report: Steelers rework Heath Miller’s contract

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The Steelers have reportedly created some salary cap flexibility for 2014.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Steelers have reworked tight end Heath Miller’s contract.

Miller’s 2014 salary cap number was $9.5 million, Rapoport reported Monday, but it has now been reduced for the upcoming league year. He is in the final year of his contract and was due $6.02 million, per Rotoworld salary figures.

The 31-year-old Miller hauled in 58 passes for 593 yards and one touchdown in 2013. He has played at least 14 games in all nine of his seasons with Pittsburgh, catching 466 passes for 5,273 yards and 40 TDs in regular season play. He has long drawn raves for his fine all-around play, with Cardinals head coach and former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians recently going so far as to say that he believes Miller remains the best tight end in the game.

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  1. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 3, 2014 12:06 PM

    That frantic grinding you hear in the background is 31 other GM’s sharpening their pencils to take notes.

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 3, 2014 12:09 PM

    Also reported – there is a rash of retirement papers suddenly filed by safeties and LB’s.

  3. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 3, 2014 12:10 PM

    Watch and learn, folks. This is how you run a top-notch professional sports club. We don’t have six rings by chance.

  4. steelerstrong says: Mar 3, 2014 12:10 PM

    Probably THE most underrated tight end in the league.

  5. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 3, 2014 12:10 PM

    He was only under contract for another season so it must be an extension… hopefully.

  6. steelcurtainn says: Mar 3, 2014 12:11 PM

    Heath Miller remains to be the most underrated TE in in the league when he’s healthy. Hope to see him claim his 3rd Nfl championship with the steelers. Quiet, hardworking and just goes about his business. If anyone deserves it, this guy does.

  7. greysolon says: Mar 3, 2014 12:13 PM

    Heath Miller $9.5 mil a year?? Wow. No wonder Jimmy Graham is bucking the system.

  8. stuckthefeelers says: Mar 3, 2014 12:19 PM

    Lol. Colbert must be taking money from the rest of the division. Amazing how much future money he pushes for players past their prime. Don’t lock up Worilds but guarantee more for miller. The defense just keeps rotting away

  9. Denver Geldings - Super Bowl Castration... AGAIN!!!! says: Mar 3, 2014 12:23 PM

    Every single off season you see : “Steelers re-work ______ contract”.

    All of you Steelers fans are praising this as the way to run an organization, yet, this is an example of how NOT to run the organization. Reworking contracts saves you a dollar today, at the cost of 3 dollars tommorrow… This is why the Steelers are up against the Cap every year, and are stuck with aging vets and cant get any younger

  10. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 3, 2014 12:26 PM

    He had the single highest cap number of any TE in the league at the end of his contract and he’s only 31. Of course this was going to happen. No GMs are “sharpening their pencils”.

    Even as a fan of a rival he is easily one of the best well rounded players in the position. Just a pure football player.

  11. theclink12 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:28 PM

    Who?

  12. bigsnackindy says: Mar 3, 2014 12:33 PM

    People, he was in the final year of his contract, so they aren’t pushing money out further. And he wasn’t making $9M/year. His cap number was $9M due to signing bonuses.

    He most likely did a modest extension to open $4-$5M in cap space this year and beyond.

  13. pftisfulloftrolls says: Mar 3, 2014 12:39 PM

    How can he be underrated when he’s brown nosed every time Roethlisberger throws his way?

  14. realdealsteel says: Mar 3, 2014 12:40 PM

    Please fool.

    We are getting younger. And after we land a stud WR in the draft and use the remaining picks on defense, the picture will be in full bloom for the world to see:

    STEELERS CLAIMING THEIR 7TH SUPER BOWL RING!

  15. stainlessstill says: Mar 3, 2014 12:48 PM

    Heath Miller is one of the most under-appreciated and underrated TE’s since entering the league, just like our QB. These two will finish off their career together and will be a HUGE hand in bringing home #7! HERE WE GO!

  16. dagrizzman says: Mar 3, 2014 12:51 PM

    Under appreciated ans under used,a great tight end wasted by Tomlin and Haley in the red zone.If he was in New England he’d have 1,000 yds and 15 td’s every year.

  17. etjla says: Mar 3, 2014 12:52 PM

    HEEEEEEEEATH!

  18. tjrogers09 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:52 PM

    I’m a Ravens fan and have nothing but respect for Health…This guy is an all around TE who can block, draw secondary to him, and still find ways to get open and catch balls.

    He’s a 1st Ballot HOF TE…

    I enjoy the battle twice a year between the Ravens/Steelers.

  19. Stiller43 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:55 PM

    How did they rework his contract if he had one year left?

    It must be an extension…

  20. jlpats says: Mar 3, 2014 1:08 PM

    Give me a break.. this team went back to back seasons not making the playoffs.. They are far from a model organization..

  21. partmachine says: Mar 3, 2014 1:08 PM

    This guy is not underrated by any means. He’s very well respected and acknowledged by players and media.

    $6mil is all he’s worth though. Steelers did something right this decade finally.

  22. wadrules1 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:14 PM

    Those of you saying they are sending today’s money into the future must not know exactly what is going on. This is the last year of Miller’s contract so if anything was pushed into the future, then it would be an extension which I am definitely for with Heath. If they didn’t sign an extension, then he took an outright paycut. Either way I am happy with the move. This will have no bearing on the Steelers being able to keep Worilds though.

  23. laxcoach37 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:15 PM

    Ummm. The Steelers literally have LESS than ZERO Cap money. They had no choice but to restructure a deal with him if they want to Sign Draft Picks. That said, he is worth keeping and the last of the real TE’s. The new breed are just big basketball framed WR’s that can’t block which reduces a Playbook. The Steelers need to get young and out of Cap Hell if they ever want to see another SB.

  24. scoobies05 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:18 PM

    heath is a vvery good player. good move by the Steelers to lock him up for a few more years. and I didn’t even have to sharpen my pencil to write this

  25. Stiller43 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:28 PM

    Less than 0 cap space? With the boost in cap money + cutting levi brown, theyll already be under the cap. Thats without many restructurings/pay cuts and extensions that are likely to happen. Theyll be 10+ mil under here in a couple weeks

  26. flacco8 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:30 PM

    I like Heath Miller, respect his game as an all-around TE, but lets pump the brakes here some…he has one season with >800 yards and only 3 seasons with >600 yards. This is as he enters his 10th season less than 2 years removed from tearing his ACL.

    $9.5mil was crazy, love to see what the extension was for as others have noted this cannot be a restructure since it was the last year of his deal

  27. favrewillplay4ever says: Mar 3, 2014 1:36 PM

    Not a big Steelers fan by any means (although Ben is at least 2x any other qb in their division) but Heath’s work ethic and attitude would be welcomed on any team in the league.

    He’s never put up “monster” numbers like some others at the position, but Heath is one of the most valuable players for the Steelers. Good job locking him up for the foreseeable future Steel City.

  28. jlpats says: Mar 3, 2014 1:37 PM

    They are a third place divisional team..

  29. nickster31 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:43 PM

    FYI haters – the reason it was

  30. nickster31 says: Mar 3, 2014 1:54 PM

    FYI Haters – the reason his salary was $9.5 million was because he was in the final year of I believe a 6 year contract.
    Also, we heard no report of an extension, so he basically took a pay cut.

    If the Saints called, I WOULD NOT trade Heath for Graham. Yes, Graham is the better receiver, but that is only part of the job. Heath is the best blocking TE in the game.

  31. steel2372 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:08 PM

    Great move from Colbert and co! After we draft a stud at WR and a shutdown cb we will be well on our way for 7! Go Steelers!

  32. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 3, 2014 2:17 PM

    jlpats, I’d rather be a 3rd place divisional team with honor, than a 1st place team that cheats. Sorry, that cheats*

  33. flacco8 says: Mar 3, 2014 2:41 PM

    Nickster31 that is a ridiculous homer assertion from your part, any team in the NFL would take Graham over Miller…they do different things so its not a fair comparison, but obviously Graham is much more valuable as a receiving weapon to more than offset Miller advantage as a blocker

    Your statement is particularly ridiculous in today’s NFL which places much less of an emphasis on blocking TE’s

    Also, FYI his salary was not $9.5mil that was his cap number…you Steeler fans have so much trouble with numbers, much like your front office! And I also highly doubt Miller just took a pay cut he was due a salary of just over $6mil so not like he was being grossly overpaid..much more likely that you will hear that this was an extension, at least for Steelers fans sakes i would hope so unless this is how you guys treat your veteran ‘star’ players

  34. gbmickey says: Mar 3, 2014 2:54 PM

    ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says:
    Mar 3, 2014 12:10 PM

    Watch and learn, folks. This is how you run a top-notch professional sports club. We don’t have six rings by chance

    A top notch organization? The Steelers have had a cap mess for a few years and evidently are still having problems. No wonder they are at home for the playoffs.

    As far as an organization I will stick with our model that brought us 13 championships. Just because the Steelers couldn’t win a thing in its first 40yrs you cant ignore the history before the 70′s. They had to play the same teams as the Packers but just couldn’t get it done.

  35. heathn09 says: Mar 3, 2014 3:12 PM

    This isn’t the way to run a franchise? Pushing money into the future? Did you even read the article. This is the last year of his contract. They couldn’t have pushed money into the future. He either to a straight paycut or they extended him. Instead of wasting your time coming on here telling about how the steelers are collapsing when you don’t know what you’re talking about, maybe you should worry about articles covering your own teams. Unless you’re worried about the steelers

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 3, 2014 3:22 PM

    Also, FYI his salary was not $9.5mil that was his cap number…you Steeler fans have so much trouble with numbers, much like your front office! And I also highly doubt Miller just took a pay cut he was due a salary of just over $6mil so not like he was being grossly overpaid..much more likely that you will hear that this was an extension, at least for Steelers fans sakes i would hope so unless this is how you guys treat your veteran ‘star’ players

    Do the names Boldin,Reed, and Pollard ring a bell skippy? I know you Raven fans have trouble gig numbers like Six Rings.

  37. troy43mvp says: Mar 3, 2014 3:51 PM

    I am a Steeler fan and I have trouble with numbers. The latest number is 6……Ya my trouble is that I want to widen the league gap and make it 7. If Superbowl trophies were apples I would ask trolls, how do you like those apples?

  38. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 3, 2014 4:11 PM

    As far as an organization I will stick with our model that brought us 13 championships. Just because the Steelers couldn’t win a thing in its first 40yrs you cant ignore the history before the 70′s. They had to play the same teams as the Packers but just couldn’t get it done.

    To each their own, but rooting for dinosaurs is pretty weird even for a cheesehead.

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