According to ESPN’s Bill Williamson, the San Francisco 49ers have signed Bruce Miller to a three-year extension that will make him one of the highest-paid fullbacks in the NFL.
To give us a look at what Miller could make based on the latter statement from Williamson, I took a look at overthecap.com, and based on these numbers it looks like Miller will probably get something in the neighborhood of $2.5 million to $4 million guaranteed, with an opportunity to make about $2.5 million per season.
- Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece makes an average of $3,675,667 per year on a five-year deal through 2016 that included $4,116,294 in guaranteed money.
- Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert signed a four-year, $10 million contract with $4.2 million guaranteed that pays him an APY of $2.5 million through 2015.
- Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton is also making $2.5 million per year on a three-year deal with $2.5 million guaranteed.
- Free agent fullback John Kuhn (Packers) was also making about $2.5 million per season.
Miller, who was drafted in the seventh round in 2011, played defensive end in college. However, since coming to San Francisco the 49ers have used him exclusively as an offensive player. His role has grown over his three-year career, and last season his 25 receptions were the third-highest total on the team.
Miller also broke his scapula in the win at Tampa Bay in Week 15, an injury that kept him out for the postseason. That forced the 49ers to bring back Will Tukuafu, who was waived/injured on Sept. 10 after being listed as inactive in Week 1.
According to Pro Football Focus — which rated him fifth among all fullbacks in their proprietary scoring system — Miller still managed to play 534 snaps, more than any fullback in the league except Tolbert (606). Miller is also a regular contributor on special teams. And with the losses of Donte Whitner, Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown, he’ll head into 2014 as one of the team’s most media-friendly players.
Miller is one of those guys who truly does it all.