Zach Miller Builds Nest in Seattle

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 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.

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  • *sigh*

    I’m too bummed to panic

  • Matt Ford

    I don’t think this is a loss. We have evolved from the era of Miller bailing out the QB with check downs and dump off. The Tight End position approximately breaks down as Antonio Gates and then the rest. Anyone trying to convince me that there is a meaningful difference between a Celek, Boss, Miller, Olsen, Cooley player is blowing smoke. If we sign Boss the pass catching differential will be negligible and the run blocking will be improved. I know what I value more with our O line the way it looks right now

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Al ever had any intentions of trying to keep Aso and Miller. If the draft, the rush to sign others before the lockout and the relative inactivity since last Monday were any indication, I don’t know what was.

    I know its a business, but it still makes me a little sad to see a few stabilizing forces on the team leave. Going to be a bit rough going for Hue Jackson and us fans in 2011. 


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