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The latest news from around the AFC North, including the Steelers re-doing Heath Miller's deal and getting a long-term deal done with Jason Worilds.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have restructured tight end Heath Miller's contract.

Miller’s 2014 salary cap number was set to be close to $10 million, but it has now been reduced for the upcoming league year. He is in the final year of his contract  after catching 58 passes for 593 yards and one touchdown in 2013. This, after tearing his ACL in 2012 in Week 16, which caused him to miss the start of the '13 season.

But after placing the transition tag on linebacker Jason Worilds, Pittsburgh is really up against the salary cap limit, and they'll need several more players to restructure their deals if they want to ultimately sign Worilds to a log-term deal.

Speaking of, Worilds signed his tender Tuesday, meaning he'll make almost $10 million next year if no long-term extension is reached:


The Cleveland Browns' brass met with free agent center Alex Mack over the weekend before placing the transition tag on him.

Mack remains the Browns' No. 1 priority. Regarded as one of, if not the best center in football, retaining Mack should be their goal right now. He's certain to get more than the seven-year, $40.11 million contract Jason Kelce signed with the Philadelphia Eagles last week.


After the Browns cut middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, speculation began that the team may cut defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin.

Rubin is set to make $6.6 million in 2014, which is the final year of his contract. Rubin’s agent Alan Herman told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Rubin isn't about to be cut.

"I met with (Executive Vice President) Sashi Brown at the combine,'' said Herman. "There will be no modifications to the contract and (coach) Mike Pettine is excited to have him. Who wouldn't be?''