HOUSTON - The Houston Texans announced today that they gave TE Billy Miller a four-year contract extension.
Miller, a fifth-year veteran, was the leading receiver for the Texans in 2002 with 51 receptions and had the first touchdown in team history. He hauled in 31 of those 51 passes over the season's second half, as he started to click with quarterback David Carr.
"Billy Miller is one of the great stories in the Houston Texans early history," Texans General Manager Charley Casserly said. "As we all know, he sat out the 2001 season and came here (to Houston) just looking for a chance as a converted wide receiver to tight end. Through hard work and great determination on his part, he became our leading receiver last year and is one of our key players on our team this year. We're happy we'll have him for three more years after this year."
Over the last two seasons, Miller is fifth in the NFL among tight ends with 633 yards receiving and sixth in the NFL in tight end receptions with a team-high 54. He was one of only three tight ends in the league (Baltimore TE Todd Heap and Arizona TE Freddie Jones) to lead their team in receptions in 2002.
Denver Broncos drafted Miller in the seventh round (218
th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft out of USC. He played his first two seasons in Denver, before sitting out the 2001 season. The Texans signed Miller as a free agent on February 8, 2002.