Update: The team has confirmed that Zach Miller has restructured his contract with the Seahawks.
Just a quick post after seeing word at My Northwest.com that the Seahawks restructured the contract of Zach Miller and will have him for two more seasons.
Miller seemed a likely cap casualty since the end of the season. He’d played three seasons on a big contract that was front-loaded and had a roster bonus due. By restructuring, he will remain an important cog in both the running and passing games for the Hawks. Although he missed a couple games this season and was often not at full speed, he had 33 catches and five touchdowns.
I’d suggest that a bonus to this signing is that keeping Miller helps retain some of the valuable veteran leadership that’s been important in that locker room. Red Bryant can be replaced on the field, but his leadership was enormous. He’ll be missed in that regard specifically. Miller is a quiet leader who is very well-respected. He came in with a big contract and a Pro Bowl resume, but had no ego when he was asked for forget about catching passes and serve as an extra linemen when the blocking was shaky. The stability he adds is crucial.
Ian Rapoport reported that the deal calls for Miller to make $3 million each year, and up to $4 million thanks to incentives. Miller’s prior contract would have caused a $7 million cap hit in 2014, when he was set to make $5.8 million with a $1 million roster bonus.
It keeps their starting tight end — who has multiple duties in the Seahawks’ offense — in the mix and provides Seattle a salary cap break as they work toward extensions for Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman.
Miller will again head a tight group with his experience, be backed up by Luke Willson and Anthony McCoy, and allow the Seahawks possibly to take a flyer on Jermichael Finley, whose health is a question after he had spinal fusion surgery last season.