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While the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to be the biggest laughingstock in all of baseball, the Pittsburgh Steelers once again show why they are the NFL’s most elite franchise.

On a day when the Pirates traded a nine year defensive wizard and a multiple time All-Star for a bunch of guys nobody has ever heard of and nor they ever will, the Steelers were busy locking up one of their best players for the foreseeable future. Yeah, I know they’re different leagues and different sports but this pretty much sums up why one team is a first-class organization with a winning tradition and the other is an embarrassment to the championship city of Pittsburgh.

Heath Miller has agreed to a 6 year $35.5 million contract extension. That comes with a signing bonus of $12.5 million. The hefty bonus would indicate that only a small portion of that 6 year contract is guaranteed money. Still, Miller has been a solid top five TE when it comes to both blocking and pass catching so it’s a fair deal for both parties.

This also greatly ends any fear that the NFL’s uncapped year after next season will signal the dismantling of the Steelers. Miller’s extension means the only notable free agents the Steelers will have to worry about losing in 2010 are Fat Boy Hampton, Ryan Clark, and Fast Willie Parker.  All good players but even losing all three would hardly be a crippling blow to this team.

The Steelers have once again showed us how a successful team gets it done. Of course all they have to do is look across to glorious PNC Park for a textbook example of what not to do.

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  • Robyn

    Call me an optimist, but I’m hoping that the recent dismantling of the Pirates is fianlly a step in the right direction. They weren’t winning with the current lineup, so what else was there to do?

    And its great news about Heath. He’s been kind of flying under the radar and i’m glad we’ve locked down this great piece of the puzzle for the next 6 years!

  • http://nicepickcowher.com chris

    Robyn: I’ve agreed with some of the Pirates trades but I just don’t believe wholesale dismantling is how you rebuild a team. Ever hear the saying “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush?”

    I understand the current team wasn’t winning but there were some very good players on the team. Instead of building around a few of those good players, they traded every last one for minor leaguers who may or may not ever reach Pittsburgh.

    And, yes, I’m glad Miller is staying put. I think he was “under the radar” because the team told him they had to worry about Harrison, Hines, and Starks first but he was on their To Do list. So he kept quiet and waited his turn, which is yet another reason to like him.

  • Michael O

    This is not the first time the Pirates have dismantled a team. Remember they had Bonds,Bonilla,Van Slyke,Drabek so on. I just wish they would take some notes from the Penguins or Steelers and put together a championship team. As for Miller he is one of the best tight ends in the game. Very glad he got the contract and is staying put.

  • http://nicepickcowher.com chris

    Michael: The difference is the Pirates didn’t purposely lose Bonds, Bonilla, Drabek, etc. That team was dismantled because all those players became free agents and the Pirates were too poor to outbid richer teams for them. In this case, they purposely torpedoed every remotely decent player on the team in the hope that minor league players other teams don’t seem to want and are 2-3 years from even being in the majors will all blossom into stars.

    And agreed on Miller. I think he’s the final free agent resigning you’ll see this year.

  • Michael O

    Chris your right free agency did rip that team apart. I believe that free agency also killed baseball. I personally don’t even watch baseball anymore. But what a team that was in the good old days. I also think Bonds should be in the hall of fame. His numbers pre Balco would have been enough to get into the hall, besides how many players are in the hall of fame that used steroids already. If you played professional sports from the seventies to 2003 chances are you used roids. I don’t see what the big deal is. Actors get face lifts,buissness men go back to school,atheletes take steriods. I my mind there all preformance enhancing.