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Report: Steelers Gave TE Heath Miller A Two-Year Extension


It was reported earlier in the week that the Pittsburgh Steelers altered the contract of tight end Heath Miller and now we know the details.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Miller, as expected, had his contract extended by two years and that extension lowered his 2014 base salary down to $1.02 million.

Being as Miller was set to earn a base salary of $6.02 million in 2014, that means that $5 million of that was turned into a signing bonus. We don’t know, however, whether or not Miller received any additional money in the form of a signing bonus as part of the extension, but it doesn’t look like it.

If Miller didn’t receive any new bonus monies, his 2014 cap charge would be roughly $6.13317 million. Rapoport does report, however, that Miller will have base salaries of $4 million in both 2015 and 2016. The extension frees up $3,333,334 of cap space in 2014 for the Steelers.

While it looks as though Miller didn’t receive any additional monies as a signing bonus, you have to wonder if his 2015 base salary of $4 million was fully guaranteed. That would make sense if it was, because if not, the Steelers could just release him next offseason with only a $1,666,668 dead money charge in 2015 if deemed a post June 1 release. A move such as that would also result in another dead money charge of $1,666,668 in 2016 as well.

Miller, 31, will turn 34 in the middle of the 2016 season, the new final year of his deal. In both 2015 and 2016 he will have a cap charge of $5,666,668.

UPDATE: Tom Pelissero of USA Today is reporting that Miller’s base salaries in both 2015 and 2016 are not guaranteed.

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  • steeltown

    HEEEEATH

  • Jollyrob68

    Glad they Extended him for 2 years

  • steeltown

    If this is correct, his cap hit(s) for the next 3yrs should be very manageable.

  • NW86

    If his 2015-2016 salaries are $4M, I’m guessing that he did get some new money in his signing bonus. Guarantees or not, I can’t see Heath or his agent being interested in a new deal that gave him no new money in 2014, and a pay cut in 2015-2016. Still though, as long as the new money was no more than $2M or so, this is a good deal for the team and will keep Heath around on an affordable deal for the next 3 years.

  • SteelersDepot

    or fully guarantee his 2015 base salary. ;)

  • steeltown

    Aha $5.6MIL per, thanks Bryan

  • NW86

    Yes but I was thinking the higher bonus money was more likely (Heath should be pretty confident that he will still be on the team at that number in 2015, guaranteed or not).

    It looks like the answer may neither though. USA Today is now reporting that his new cap is indeed $6,133,166, which means no new bonus money. They’re also saying his 2015 and 2016 salaries are NOT guaranteed.

    This is a VERY team friendly deal, as Heath got nothing new out of it. Glad to hear he is leading by example to help the team be able to make the necessary moves to be competitive in future years. Way to go HEEEEEAAAAATH!

  • Virdin Barzey

    Yeeeaaaaa!!!! Love the deal, love the way this guy plays the game. Need to retire a Steeler. Awesome.

  • Matt Manzo

    Anyone think this means no TE in the top 4 rounds this year?

  • Tom Jackson

    Troy was just extend 2 more years as well

  • Tom Jackson

    They just extend Troy for 2 more years as well

  • steeltown

    I read they gave Polamalu a 2yr extension as well

  • Tom Jackson

    Great day to be a Steelers fan yo

  • Virdin Barzey

    Double Yeaaaa!!! Cut Woodley’s salary and make sure we keep Worrilds without breaking the bank and its a royal flush. All doable.

  • steeltown

    Very good offseason thus far

  • srdan

    I never really understood why he so well liked by fans. Off the field I get it, on the field for me there is a lot to be desired for a TE earning his money.

  • Tom Jackson

    I know Ike had an off year but part of me would love to see the same thing happen for him idk though i have a feeling he is gonna be the one they release

  • dgh57

    Given the way they handled the TE position last year with Miller being laid up and now this extension I don’t see it happening but maybe next year.

  • Milliken Steeler

    I think he will be Tom unless he takes a big pay cut. he didn’t just have an off year, he gave up the most yardage then any other starting CB.

    If he takes a huge cut im sure they will gladly let him play nickel etc however, his days of starting are over.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    If this years salary is 1 mil, why isn’t the cap hit the 5 mil converted plus the old 3 mil proration divided by 3 and plus this years 1 mil?

    About 4 mil…?

  • steeltown

    Yea but he’s older than Miller and Polamalu and his play was not “above the line”

  • steeltown

    $4MIL base plus the $5MIL converted and allotted over the next 3yrs ($1.67MIL per)

    This yrs cap is $6.1MIL which includes the new $1MIL base, $1.67MIL bonus and $3.6 proration

  • srdan

    ESPN is reporting that they are 3 year deals for 83 and 43

  • SteelersDepot

    2-year extensions

  • srdan

    Ah, i got excited

  • Eric MacLaurin

    If 5 mil is converted base is 1.02

  • steeltown

    This yrs cap is $6.1MIL which entails the new $1MIL base, $1.67MIL bonus and $3.6MIL proration, approximately

  • srdan

    Are you guys doing the Podcast at the regular time with all the news coming in fast and furious?

    CAn’t waint to hear your thoughts.

    It’s playing out well so far

  • Eric MacLaurin

    1.67 bonus?

    He got an additional bonus in this deal?

  • SFIC

    No doubt this freed up cap space will help to resign a few of the many restricted FA’s we have.

  • steeltown

    No, the $5MIL taken from this yrs base salary is converted to a bonus and prorated over the next 3yrs

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    From Heath’s perspective, this deal is 3 yrs/$14M with essentially $6M guaranteed in the first year. That is a great deal for a player of his age at that position. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think it is more than fair on his side.

  • RMSteeler

    Nope

  • Eric MacLaurin

    He had a 6 mil base and9.5 cap hit.

    5 of the 6 was converted to bonus which gets added to the 3.5 left in perorations from the original deal for a new bonus total of 8.5 which is spread over 3 years for about 2.8 mil per year.

    His new 1 mil base is added to the 2.8 for a 2014 hit of 3.8 mil.

    Where is my math or data error?

  • steeltown

    I think where your error is the old 3.6MIL proration is due and is not allotted over the next 3yrs like the $5MIL base
    2014: 1 + 1.6 + 3.6 = approx $6.1MIL cap
    2015: 4 + 1.6 = $5.6MIL cap
    2016: 4 + 1.6 = $5.6MIL cap

  • PA2AK

    you mean you don’t think Heath is one of, if not, the best all around TE’s in the league?

  • PA2AK

    What happens if Ike agrees to do something near the vet minimum (not sure if that’s possible)? He’s a guy that would def. understand his true value and would be willing (i think). Would much rather they keep him (on the cheep) and get rid of Clark (do we know when he will be canned yet?).

  • Eric MacLaurin

    That would do it. I seems a little bizzare that the old bonus isn’t reamortized. You end up with prorations from two contracts in the same year.

    Is that an option or a requirement.

  • srdan

    I think that an all around TE in the league is not a valuable commodity. Kind of like having the best FB in teh league, it doesn’t give you a huge advantage. Some, but not huge.

    I think a first round TE should be a matchup nightmare in the passing game. Ala every TE taken in the first round since Heath. The same way we fancy amarao and ebron.

    I know this is not a popular opinion in Pittsburgh.

  • steeltown

    No clue haha

  • PA2AK

    I see what you are saying and don’t have a big problem with it at all. I just take a little different view in that (when he isn’t rehabing knee surgery) Heath is quite capable as a receiver in the mid-close range situation. He’s one of the better blocking TE’s in the league and that is a huge plus in gaining a more balanced offense. Also his saavy and experience provide an edge in almost everything he does. When he lines up, regardless of where he lines up…you don’t know if he’s blocking or catching…you can’t say that for a lot of TE’s in the league. I think that, with his (seldom had these days) leading-by-example mentality….more than earns every penny of his contract.

  • steeltown

    No way he play for vet minimum, hopefully he agrees to a $3-4MIL reduction

  • PA2AK

    You’re probably right. I just always see Ike as knowing his real worth (both in terms of NFL business and Rooney business). I think he’s worth $2-3mil…he’s really topped out on his age and seems to be at that point where the decline gets rapid.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    wow…this was a win for the Steelers. Miller will not be around in 2006 IMO.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s what I’m thinking. There might be a 5th rounder they’re in love with this year, but I don’t see us going after Ebron, Amaro or ASJ anymore, unless one of them can really block.

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