The Steelers nailed down an important upcoming free agent on Wednesday night as tight end Heath Miller agreed to a new six-year contract. The new deal ensures he will be under contract until the 2014 season. Miller was about to enter the final season of the contract he signed in 2005 as a rookie.
The 2010 season is on schedule to be an uncapped year meaning Miller would have qualified to be a restricted free agent at the end of this season. If he made it to that point, the Steelers would of needed to tender him a high offer to keep in another year. Miller goes into the 2009 season having started 61 regular season games and eight postseason games. He has 168 catches for 1,932 yards, with 21 touchdowns. He has added 26 more catches for 348 yards and three scores in the playoffs.
The contract reportedly totals $35.3 million over the next six seasons and includes a $12.5 million signing bonus.