Report: Steelers Rework Contract Of TE Heath Miller In Order To Free Up Cap Space

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Steelers have reworked the contract of tight end Heath Miller in order to free up some cap space for the three players they signed on Monday.

Bouchette reports that no new money or years were added to Miller’s deal, so that likely means some of his $5.162 million base salary from this year was turned into a signing bonus.

Miller’s contract runs through the 2014 season and the team is expected to extend him after the 2013 season assuming he stays healthy.

This move is merely moving money from one column to another as Millers 2013 cap hit will decrease by half of what was paid to him as a signing bonus. That will of course make his 2014 cap hit go up from the $7.9665 million that it was scheduled to be.

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  • Weiss Chad

    This guy being out is a big reason offence is struggling.Get Healthy soon HEATH!!God knows we are missing you in all phases of the game.

  • Mkeller

    If you want to get nasty responses then do what I’m about to do.
    What????????? Extending players over 30 coming off an injury to participate on a team going nowhere is how you become a league bottom feeder!!!! I love Heath Miller. He’s been a great Steeler. But seriously!!!??? This is exactly why the team is in the situation talent wise and cap wise that its in now. There is no room for sentimentality in the NFL. Young, Athletic, Fast…that’s the new NFL. Old, injured, slow……not so much. Its nothing personal but it will be a terrible move IF they do it. Personally I’d let him play it out next year and move on. His cap hit will be insane but extending him only prolongs the inevitable as is the same thing with Big Ben.

  • SteelersDepot

    Are you planning on trolling more?

  • OIF3gunner

    Maybe your reading comprehension is off. I believe it said no new years….Read and then post.

  • Mike.H

    Please correct me if wrong:

    I was told injured players’ IR cap numbers are counted, so any additional new players signed, “cap nudging” is necessary to fit within the cap?

  • Mkeller

    My reading comprehension is just fine. It clearly says they intend to extend him after 2013. I read it why don’t you give it a try.

  • Mkeller

    Not trolling…I’m a big fan. But the time comes when kicking the can down the road causes a future pain that prolongs the inevitable. I’m a Steeler fan…players unfortunately are temporary but the franchise is forever.

  • OIF3gunner

    Actually, it says ” no new years”. It does say they expect to extend but they haven’t.

  • Mkeller

    Which is what I was saying. I wouldn’t extend him…but hey that’s me. His cap hit for next year without the extension will be $7.9 mil plus whatever they converted to bonus with this restructure. I’m saying suck it up and pay it or ask him to take a pay cut on his salary. I wouldn’t extend him just because his cap hit is out of hand. It’s bad business…even if you do like him. It’s like drafting for need…eventually it catches up to you.

  • Dan

    I hate the concept of building future cap debt and mortgaging our future as much as anybody. If we have to have a rebuilding year and cut older pricier players than so be it, but killing next year’s cap and putting us in the same predicament year after year is never going to put us in a position to build a team with the necessary space to protect the good and the great players. That being said, I think we can trust that Heath will provide good performance for a few more years, so I’m not so worried about the potential for dead money from his contract.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Do you have any idea on when there will be an official cap status report from the NFL that includes the Steelers injury settlements to Cheadle, Embernate, and anyone else I may have forgotten?

    By the way, I agree with Mkeller’s general premise of this move raising flags. I’m ok with extending Miller next year, but only with a pay cut that reflects the market price for players his age. (Some teams would have asked Miller to take a a pay cut this year given that his participation level was expected to decrease due to the injury.)

  • Weiss Chad

    I’m sorry that my oppinion offended you so much.I can’t say the same w yours.I believe it said there is no yrs or more money added just raises his cap hit next year and more of a signing bonus this year, and yes I would definately sign heath to three or four more years as well as ben.Just so you know mr.mckellar this is just my oppinion,I’m not saying I’m right or your wrong I’m just saying.Dave Bryan I am a HUGE fan of yours and cant thank you enough and david todd and Marczi enough

  • Mkeller

    I knew what I was writing was going to be mostly unpopular that’s why I prefaced it that way. I’m not the type to get offended and I’m not posting to offend anybody. Posting our opinions is what we all do. It just so happens that on this issue you and I are on the other end of the spectrum. In the end they will do what you want in extending both of them and they’ll pay over market value to get it done. Its just not what I would do.

  • Brendon Glad

    I’d expect nothing less of Heath (one of my top 20-25 favorite Steelers of all-time). I’m sure he’s chomping at the bit to help the team any way he can until he is able to play.

  • NW86

    You hate to see them forced to push the cap hit into 2014 on an older, expensive guy like that, but with the guys already on IR and the new guys they have to sign, they ran out of 2013 room and didn’t have any choice. When guys get injured like that, it’s like a double-whammy. You don’t have them on the field for you, and you have to pay them plus their replacement so you get cash strapped on top of it.

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  • TsarPepe

    Dude, I’ll just mention one name, and I hope this is enough for you: Tony Gonzalez.

  • r4kolb

    Wow…so much anger from Steeler fans today. Not that we don’t have reason to be angry. Bottom line is this….when Heeeeeath gets back and if he produces the way he has throughout his career he will be offered an extension at what will I’m sure be fair market value. He will not be overpaid, I guarantee you that. Now please fellow Steeler fans can we all just get along. Peace

  • sean mcmartin

    They have heath in their plans, otherwise the fourth rounder would have been a TE. not dirty laundry.
    why get rid of a guy who has proven he can catch in a pinch, outblock most NFL TE’s , One of the reasons Offense sucks out loud is loss of heath He was still playing good ball when he got hurt. he will be back.
    Steelers need him

  • sean mcmartin

    funny you said it, I’ve noticed I’ve been angry this week and part of it is the Steelers bad play. usually it only ruins my sunday, but this showing was so bad it is carrying over extended days..

  • Mkeller

    Why move on? Because he’s not 25 coming off a major knee injury. He’s on the wrong side of 30. It sucks but such is life. All he’ll do is stand in the way of getting younger, less expensive and more athletic at the position.

  • uglybagofwater

    Guess what, Steelers fans. This year is going to suck. We’re going to have to deal with it. $7 mil in dead cap space between Harrison and Colon did us in this offseason. The talent pool was thin as it is, and was picked dry by the time we had room to maneuver. The good news is we are in good shape going into next offseason to put some much-needed depth on this roster.

  • uglybagofwater

    If there’s a time to defer some cap hits, 2014 is the year to do it. We will have a lot of room to work with next year, with Harrison and Colon coming off the books.

  • NW86

    Not true at all. Colon was designated a post-June cut, so he counts $4.3M in dead money against the 2014 cap. Plus you have to greatly increased the giant cap hits of Ben, Woodley, Timmons, Brown, and now Heath because of all the restructures over the past 2 years. The Steelers currently have 40 players under contract and over $126M against the cap. So there will be more cap-induced cuts and restructures again next year.