Lamar Miller thought he was a running back worth $6 million a year.
Turns out, he might have been selling himself short.
Miller agreed to a four-year, $26 million contract with the Houston Texans on Wednesday. That includes $14 million guaranteed. The Dolphins wanted to keep their leading rusher from the past three seasons, but couldn’t — and wouldn’t — pay that that kind of money.
Miller’s payday is the latest windfall for running backs. Once seen as expendable, they’re now getting paid. Miller was even offered a five-year deal that would have paid $7 million annually, but he liked the shorter terms of the contract, according to a league source.
Miller rushed for 2,930 yards in four seasons, including 1,099 in 2014. The South Florida native went to the University of Miami before he was drafted by the Dolphins in 2012.
For more details, plus other moves on a busy day for the Dolphins, visit the Dolphins in Depth blog.