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Steelers modify contract of Heath Miller

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The Steelers are officially getting to work on pre-free agency moves aimed to reduce their overall salary cap number before the league year begins next week.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday the Steelers restructured the contract of tight end Heath Miller in an effort to reduce his salary cap number for the 2014 season.

Whether that means he received an extension or some kind of reduction remains to be seen, as of the time of publication of this article.

Miller is in the final year of his contract, meaning the team couldn't restructure his deal in any way without either reducing his salary in his final season or giving him an extension. He has a cap number of $9.5 million.

Miller played the 2013 season on what seemed to be half a leg at times. He started slowly, coming off a torn ACL that ended an excellent 2012 year for the nine-year veteran.

He was playing at a higher level toward the end of the year, but at 32 years of age, it was a question whether he would be in the Steelers' long-term plans.

That makes the question of whether this is an extension or a reduction intriguing. The Steelers are expected to make similar moves with Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor, both of whom are also entering the final year of their contracts.

No details were given.