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Old 02-24-2013, 06:15 PM   #31
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Default Re: Is Heath Miller Worth 8 Million / Year Now?

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Cant say Heath isnt worth it because he isnt on the verge of breaking records. C'mon. He has been the most reliable threat on our offense and if utilized more likely the most dangerous. A restructure will happen.
You're right - he was the most reliable target on the field. Was. People think that everyone can come back spick-and-span after an ACL injury because they've seen Adrian Peterson do it. Look, no one else in the world (except Megatron) has the athletic ability and talent of AD. No one. It's remarkable that he was able to come back and accomplish what he did after that injury. One of the reasons why it was so remarkable was because it was an anomaly. It doesn't happen often.

I'm not comfortable paying someone 8 million dollars when they're coming off of an injury like that. I'm just not. Here's the simple fact of the matter guys - he's not irreplaceable. He isn't a Gronkowski or Hernandez who other teams have to gameplan and watch film on exclusively. He's not the kind of guy that can change a game single-handedly. Is he a great asset to have? Absolutely and I love him as a player. I also love having cap space and the ability to sign guys that are young and explosive.

If it comes down to it, I'd rather have Keenan Lewis than Heath Miller. Again, I don't start with releasing Miller to clear space. In fact, he's the last place I go.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:44 PM   #32
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Many coaches consider Heath to be the best all around TE in the league; he can do everything very well (albeit, he is not as great a receiving threat as Gronk). More importantly, BB considers Heath the best.

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Deferring the money would cause a problem down the line; restructuring would not. As I mentioned earlier, restructuring Heath would take his average from $8 million down to $5 million.

Heath gets $4 million (albeit, by playing an extra two years), and the Steelers pay less per year. It's a win-win.

YOUNG TIGHT END
A young TE needs to be drafted for a few reasons. 1) Heath won't be playing the first 8 games. 2) The two-TE set is a key to this offense (has been for a decade, and will be for a long, long time). 3) In the red-zone, BB looked for Heath. Adding an extra red-zone target helps the offense.

It's not an either/or scenario. The team can keep Heath AND also draft a young TE.

Paulson...
...the team likes him, but again, Heath will be gone for the first half... and Paulson is not yet a complete player.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:01 AM   #33
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Cancel the 4.25 for Austin. That was his unofficial time off a stop watch announced right after he ran. Hours later they gave him an official 4.34, tied with Ryan Swope for 2nd. That track guy Marquise Goodwin was first at 4.27.

So maybe Austin will last until the 2nd round. But then again Belichick might take him late in the first round.

Gavin Escobar may have likely moved down the tight end food chain somewhat, but that guy looks like a beast to me. Definitely Steelers material.
4.34... and moves like Barry Sanders. If the kid was 5'11, he'd be a "top five" pick. Being slightly under 5'8, he'll be a steal for a late-R1 team... and, Yes, that is most likely Belichick. Nooo!!!!!!!!!

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Old 02-25-2013, 10:43 AM   #35
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I would say no.

He's been extremely reliable, but he is not in the Elite Tier of NFL tight ends, and he is coming off a major knee injury.
Heath was used poorly in the Arians era. He really got to shine last year even though he had help block. He's worth every single penny. No one does as much on the team as Heath. Plus he might not be a vocal leader, but he leads by action. And we could use all the leaders we can get at this point.
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