Seahawks’ Zach Miller glad to be back after pay cut
By Brady Henderson
Before tight end Zach Miller took a pay cut, his future with the Seahawks was considered one of the biggest question marks of the offseason.
It just wasn’t that big of a question to Miller himself.
“I wanted to be here, and it was either that or retire and I’m not ready to be done yet,” Miller said. “I want to finish my career as a Seahawk and just stay here and keep winning because that’s what is the most fun in this league is to be on a good team, winning with great teammates.”
Miller was a guest on 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” on Tuesday, a day after the beginning of the Seahawks’ offseason program. Last month, he agreed to a contract restructure that – according to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny O’Neil – reduces his 2014 compensation from $6 million to $3 million and includes the possibility of earning another $1 million in incentives.
Miller was scheduled to count $7 million against Seattle’s salary cap in 2014, the fourth year of a five-year, $34 million deal he signed in 2011. While not an exorbitant sum, it was high enough to make Miller a candidate to be released had he not agreed to the pay cut.
He was asked whether the re-negotiation was easy given his desire to stay in Seattle.
“I knew what I wanted so it was just a matter of getting it done,” he said. “All the coaches let me know how much they value me and how much they wanted me back. It ended up getting done, and I’m just happy that it all got taken care of the way it did.”