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Steelers extend Miller's contract

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Earlier this week, AFC North readers got the chance to play virtual general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers and decide which member to extend from their heralded 2010 free-agent class.

Wednesday evening, Pittsburgh's front office provided its answer.

The Steelers signed tight end Heath Miller to a six-year contract extension worth $35.3 million, according to ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton. Miller, 26, is approaching his prime and could be in a Steelers uniform through the 2014 season.

It turned out to be a great deal for both parties. The Steelers took care of one of their top players in a timely fashion yet didn't break the bank. At the same time, Miller now has the third-highest total contract at his position, and fifth in terms of annual value.

With limited cap room, Miller's signing could mark the final move for the Steelers this season. Other 2010 free agents include safety Ryan Clark, tailback Willie Parker, nose tackle Casey Hampton and defensive end Brett Keisel, who could all be playing out the final year of their contracts.