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It’ll be Miller Time for a Long Time in Pittsbugh – Heath Inks Six-Year Deal

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There was some early doubt about the Steelers bringing back tight end Heath Miller after this season. Put those doubts to rest. Miller, maybe the best TE in Steelers history, inked a six-year deal with the club on Wednesday, meaning once camp starts he won’t have to talk about where he may be playing after the 2009 season.

The deal which Miller gets will keep him in black and gold through the 2014 season. He was entering the final year of his rookie deal, which he signed after being the teams first-round pick back in 2005.

At 6-foot-5, 256 pounds, Miller is the perfect tight end for the Super Bowl champs. He can block, and also can make big catches, such as his big play early in Super Bowl XLIII that put the ball on the Cardinals one-yard line, or his touchdown in the third quarter to cap off a huge drive in the divisional playoff win over San Diego.

Sure the Steelers could have put a tag on him this next offseason, but it’s good they just went ahead and got a deal done now to avoid any issues and any hard feelings. Miller will come into the 2009 season having started 61 games in the regular season and all eight postseason games the Steelers have played since he came into the league.

He has 168 catches for 1,932 yards, with 21 touchdowns. He has added 26 more catches for 348 yards and three scores in the playoffs.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Matt

    July 29, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I glad this has happened. The man just always get the job done. By the way is it me or is he open every single time he runs a short(5-10 yard)route.

  2. makaveli

    July 30, 2009 at 9:29 am

    If we keep this type of management up we may never lose again. Instead of calling it the NFL it might be called the SFL(Steelers Footbal League). Great deal. Smart move. I just want to see what happens with HOLMES now.

  3. Colin

    July 30, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Matt you are right, BIG TIME! Miller is open in so many games over the years.. I wish the Steelers would use him more!!!! Football Gods grant me this one wish….Please?

  4. HAWAIISTEELERS

    July 31, 2009 at 11:24 am

    For awhile there I was worried. I’m super glad he signed for 6 yrs. You have to watch how this dude blocks, he is a Beast. This is the best blocking TE in the league, they should keep stats for TE pancakes because Miller would win that easily. Now lets go get Hampton and Holmes sign.
    GO STEELERS from the land of Aloha

    ALRYTE!!!

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