ESPN’s John Clayton reports Zach Miller has agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks. Adam Schefter confirms the contract is for five years and $34 million with $17 million in guarantees.
That’s nearly $7 million per season of which about 3.4 million will be guaranteed. Al Davis simply couldn’t match the Seahawks offer.
Davis rolled the dice letting a tight end hit free agency and he lost, but as Alex Miglio of Dolphinsblog.com explains, Miller is not as valuable as he seems.
So don’t panic. Kevin Boss has already shown interest in the Raiders and the Raiders can mitigate the loss in a variety of ways. The receivers growth is a big part, they can also use Richard Gordon as a blocking tight end and David Ausberry or Brandon Myers as receiving options. A piece together Zach Miller approach.
It’s a huge blow to the offense, but the development of Marcel Reece and addition of Taiwan Jones may mitigate some of the offensive loss as well.
It’s a business and the Raiders never made Miller a priority in free agency. He felt wanted in Seattle and got more than the Raiders were willing or able to spend.