Heath Miller And Troy Polamalu – Just A Couple Of Good Guys

On Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller and safety Troy Polamalu both had their contracts extended by two years and in doing so, they both took one for the team, so to speak.

While both deals are ultimately deemed extensions, in essence they both were merely run-of-the-mill contract restructures as neither of them reportedly received any new guaranteed money.

Normally, when a player has his contract extended there is new guaranteed money added to the money he was still owed on his existing contract. Sometimes that new money can come in the form of a signing bonus and other times it come in the form of a guaranteed, or partial guaranteed, base salary in the next year. In the case of both Miller and Polamalu, they both had good chucks of their 2014 base salaries they were scheduled to earn turn into signing bonuses. In addition, their subsequent base salaries in 2015 and 2016 are more than fair.

Sure, both players didn’t lose out as both could have been cut and would have likely had a hard time finding a team to pay them what they were scheduled to make, but by doing the deals that they did, both Miller and Polamalu aren’t guaranteed anything past this season. The Steelers of course hope they perform well enough moving forward and possibly play out their extensions, but we all know the chances of that actually happening are pretty slim.

Miller and Polamalu have both been the lowest profile players on the Steelers since each was drafted and I bet that’s hard to do being as every fan recognizes them on sight. Neither of them have ever come close to causing problems and while they don’t really say much when talking to the media, the things they do say usually is well worth listening to.

Current and future Steelers players can certainly learn a lot by studying the careers of Miller and Polamalu both on and off the field. Both will go down in history as all-time great Steelers players and they certainly both deserve that designation. These are a couple of good guys and the Steelers are lucky to have them.

  • steeltown

    Great players and by all accounts great human beings, couldn’t be more happy that they are both locked up past this season


    Although it is rumored that Heath once burped out loud back in ’94.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I agree. They are two of my favorite Steelers. I would like to see Keisel get an extension too.

  • steeltown

    He could provide quality depth with a very low price tag

  • AndyR34

    Keisel is a free agent…unsigned…cannot extend. But I think you mean re-signed to a new…but lower cost…contract. :). Small but important differences…I believe Keisel and the other free agents do not count in the rule of 51 unless signed to a new contract.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I usually don’t buy players jerseys but I’d purchase me a #43. Both Great Steelers.

  • cencalsteeler

    Both class acts! For some reason, my gut tells me if the Steelers and Ike don’t come to an agreement, it could resemble a messy divorce. I hope my gut is wrong, but I heard him say the NFL doesn’t like to pay 30+ year olds. Ike thinks his value is more than his worth possibly and it could spell trouble.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Absolutely! Calm, cool and collected off the field. Put of the pads and watch them go. These are real Steelers. It’s time to help the team in the off chance that they can be around for another championship run.

  • Brendon Glad

    I absolutely LOVED how they handled that situation. I posted on here a couple of weeks ago that as long as the Troy P. yearly salary/cap number was handled with respect, that I thought he would be willing to reduce that amount. And he did. Not patting myself on the back…I’m patting the Steelers on the back…and who knows…maybe it means an extra 2 years of Troy P. that none of us could have been sure was in his plans. 3/20 is perfect! Great job Steelers. And I’m glad they did a similar thing with Heath. Love it! Unlike the Donahoe days, where it was “DO THIS OR ELSE!!!” The Colbert Kahn regime does business in a way that I feel is more conducive to a championship environment. And I appreciate it.

  • Brendon Glad

    i can handle a lot, but I don’t ever want to see those 2 in another uniform. And I have great respect for guys like Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward, and now Troy P. and Heath, who are willing to take their average salary down a little without getting defensive about it. It’s a different respect from guys who accept “restructures”. Those are worth appreciating…but not as much as what the 4 I mentioned have done. Kudos to all parties. And a good day for Steelers Nation.

  • Brendon Glad

    I see no reason not to at least try. He probably could make a million more than the Steelers should offer by someone else…but we should offer about 1/1.5m or 2/3m and see what happens. We rotate DL enough that it’s important to have about 4 DE’s who can hold their water.

  • Brendon Glad

    I don’t think it will be a messy divorce. But it will be a divorce, most likely. I have respect for Ike…and even though the fact that he can’t catch drove me nuts, I accepted it. But his passer rating against skyrocketed last year. So to me, he has no leg to stand upon anymore…other than I straight pay-cut. But the Rooney’s love him, and he loves the Rooneys….so it will never get messy. It will be very James Harrison-ish.

  • Jazz

    I totally disagree; Troy is a liability in coverage people! He isn’t the same player he once was. If anything, bring the guy back for his last year. I think the Steelers are a great organization that takes care of their players, always have been dating back to the 70’s. However, at some point the F/O has got to move on. Too many players not worth the contracts they have. Mark my words, I wouldn’t be surprise if they extended Ike Taylor. Everybody seems to think Ike will be cut, I don’t think so. Again, I think it’s great the way the Steelers take care of their players, but at some point the F/O needs to remember, it’s a business. With some of the decisions they’ve made over the yrs, I think they have lost their way. Who am I to question an organization that has won six Lombardi’s? I would never do that, I’m just saying no QB is going to fear Troy in coverage at all. I like the Heath Miller signing, I think Heath has two good yrs left in him.


    The Steelers’ modern-day Jack Lambert is Troy Polamalu. People who know Jack Lambert, (arguably the best middle linebacker to ever play the game back when the Steelers played with a 4-3 defense), was a real ‘MANIAC’ on the field, yet he was a very mellow guy off the field. Jack was a ‘would give you the shirt off his back’ type of guy. Well, Troy Polamalu may not be a linebacker (although, when asked, sometimes he played that position in 2013), but he is the same way as Jack was. Troy is a STEEL MANIAC on the field, yet off the field, he’s one of the most gentle souls you’ll ever come across. That’s right folks. Lambert lives within Troy Polamalu. They are VERY similar. Gotta love them both. STEELERS RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!