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Old 07-02-2009, 09:52 AM   #1
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Default Heath Miller may become a cap casualty

http://www.examiner.com/x-14024-Pitt...rycap-casualty


Webster’s Dictionary definition of a luxury: Something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary.

When it comes to the issue of keeping tight end Heath Miller, the Steelers are faced with this question… Is signing Miller necessary?

He is one of the most underrated tight ends in the NFL. His size (6’5”) mixed with his soft hands and good speed makes him a nice target for any quarterback. Unfortunately for the salary-cap strapped Steelers, it also makes him a hot commodity on the free-agent market.

Miller, drafted in 2005 out of the University of Virginia, is in the last year of a five year contract and can test the free agent waters once the 2009-2010 season comes to an end. This could change slightly if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached in which case Miller wouldn’t become a free agent until after the 2010-2011 season.

The problems with retaining Miller’s services are many.

The Steelers are quickly nearing the maximum amount of money they can spend within the salary-cap structure. This comes after agreeing to lucrative contracts with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker James Harrison in the past year.

Along with Miller, the team must also decide on whether they want to try to keep nose tackle Casey Hampton, defensive end Brett Keisel, free safety Ryan Clark, and cornerbacks William Gay (pictured right) and Deshea Townsend, all of who will be free agents after this season.

Hampton and Keisel are both over 30 but Steelers coaches are adamant that they can still be effective. Townsend is turning 35, but is a valuable back-up. Gay, drafted in 2007, will likely be a starter this year after the departure of Bryant McFadden and could command a high salary with a solid season. Clark is also a solid player who has great chemistry with strong safety Troy Polamalu and will likely want a raise on his 1.6 million dollar per year rate

Wide receiver Santonio Holmes will be looking for an extension soon as well.

Unless the Steelers decide to let a couple of these key players relocate, or they take a discount (which is not likely), there will not be enough cap space available to sign Miller.

Also consider this:

- Miller had only three touchdowns last year despite being a huge red zone threat.

- He caught his most balls as a pro last season with 58 catches, but his reception and yardage totals did not even rank in the top 10 out of all NFL tight ends.

- He has never made a pro-bowl.

It’s true he does bring more qualities to the table other than receiving, such as being a solid blocker and the ability to open up room for other receivers. But is he important enough for the Steelers to dish out big money while they let others go?

There's no doubt Heath Miller is a valuable piece of the offense but he’s not irreplaceable. Matt Spaeth is a capable replacement. This is a team that historically does not use the tight end very much so why pay him big money when it could go towards signing other key players?

Miller may not be a luxury the Steelers can afford.



NOTES: Kicker Jeff Reed and running back Willie Parker will also be free-agents at season's end.



Author: Daniel Flickinger
Daniel Flickinger is an Examiner from Pittsburgh. You can see Daniel's articles on Daniel's Home Page.
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:13 AM   #2
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arians is a TE freak, we will sign him and all the other TE's
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Old 07-02-2009, 10:17 AM   #3
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Interesting note at the end that Parker will be a FA soon. I think it's safe to say that he'll be thanked for his services and sent on his way.
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"Is signing Miller necessary?"

YES!

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Old 07-02-2009, 10:25 AM   #5
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I hope we can resign Miller. I think he is more important to us than the article stated.
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He is one of the most underrated tight ends in the NFL. His size (6’5”) mixed with his soft hands and good speed makes him a nice target for any quarterback. Unfortunately for the salary-cap strapped Steelers, it also makes him a hot commodity on the free-agent market.

- Miller had only three touchdowns last year despite being a huge red zone threat.

- He caught his most balls as a pro last season with 58 catches, but his reception and yardage totals did not even rank in the top 10 out of all NFL tight ends.

- He has never made a pro-bowl.
Way to contradict yourself, buddy!

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Matt Spaeth is a capable replacement.
This guy's credibility: shot to shit by this statement.
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Way to contradict yourself, buddy!



This guy's credibility: shot to shit by this statement.


Can Spaeth even catch a ball in the clutch situation??
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Can Spaeth even catch a ball in the clutch situation??
We already know Spaeth's a liability as far as blocking goes, and Miller excels at it. Spaeth is NOT a suitable replacement for Miller, he's a downgrade in every respect.
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We already know Spaeth's a liability as far as blocking goes, and Miller excels at it. Spaeth is NOT a suitable replacement for Miller, he's a downgrade in every respect.
Spaeth wouldn't even come close to replacing Miller. There is a difference in them like night and day.
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I can't believe that so many dumbasses get paid to write these absurd articles.
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