Re: Is Heath Miller Worth 8 Million / Year Now?
Next to Ben, Heath Miller was our best offensive weapon. We have to pay him this season and hope he returns to last season’s form, and sooner rather than later.
But what if he doesn’t? What if he isn’t ready to go until the 5th week of the season, which would probably be realistic, or week 8? Our backups are mediocre. I can’t see the Steelers going after a free agent like Bennett or Walker. I’ll be surprised if the Steelers pick up any free agents who are not dirt cheap.
The Steelers need to draft a tight end, and not in the 6th or 7th round. Even if Heath comes back quicker than expected, another quality tight end could be utilized in two tight end sets. Another big target in the red zone. If Ben has to play dink and dunk, give him another guy to do it with.
Here’s what I think we are looking at with respect to the draft and tight ends. We could perhaps get Tyler Eifert in the 1st round, Zack Ertz in the 2nd round, Vance McDonald in the 3rd round, or Gavin Escobar in the 4th round.
I watched the tight end 40-yard dashes yesterday. Escobar’s stock fell because of his overall performance yesterday. Funny thing. Escobar had a false start on his 40 and walked off the track and back to the starting point. Who do you suppose ran up and starting talking to him? Yep, Todd Haley in a Steelers sweatshirt. Escobar ran a 4.84, Eifert a 4.68, Ertz a 4.76, and McDonald a 4.69.