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Zach Miller optimistic he’ll stay in Oakland

Zach Miller

Oakland’s choice to place their franchise tag on pass rusher Kamerion Wimbley comes with a risk.  Tight end Zach Miller could hit unrestricted free agency as an extremely productive, reliable 25-year-old.

The Raiders placed the first- and third-round tender on Miller as a restricted free agent.  As a player with four years of experience, it’s more likely that Miller will be free to leave after a new CBA is reached.  Miller appreciated getting the high tag.

“It does feel good,” Miller told Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune.  “It’d be great to be back in Oakland. I really feel like we’re headed in the right direction with Hue Jackson and the way things are going. We had preliminary discussions [on a contract] before deadline and I’m sure they’ll pick up again once there’s a CBA in place and we get back to business.”

The Raiders aren’t afraid to pay big bucks to keep their players and Miller may be one of the most attractive players on their roster.  He’s one of the most complete tight ends in football and has averaged more than 60 catches a year the last three seasons.

With Marcedes Lewis and Owen Daniels staying put, Miller is easily the best tight end that will be available.  (New York’s Kevin Boss is probably next.)

We’re a little surprised the Raiders made sure to keep Richard Seymour, Stanford Routt, and Wimbley before locking up Miller.

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14 Responses to “Zach Miller optimistic he’ll stay in Oakland”
  1. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 5, 2011 2:55 PM

    Using “optimistic” and “staying on Oakland” in the same sentence doesn’t work.

  2. joetoronto says: Mar 5, 2011 2:57 PM

    Michael Bush was also tendered at a 1st and a 3rd.

    Neither are going anywhere.

  3. dannymac17 says: Mar 5, 2011 2:57 PM

    Can you really be “optimistic” about staying in Oakland and playing for Al Davis?

    Somehow that feels like a double negative.

  4. raideral1965 says: Mar 5, 2011 3:04 PM

    No big deal. He is the Raiders player rep, Zach does not want to leave the Raiders. If you perform at a pro bowl level. You will be paid in the top five percent.

  5. wetpaperbag2 says: Mar 5, 2011 3:08 PM

    “Oakland’s choice to place their franchise tag on pass rusher Kamerion Wimbley comes with a risk. ” – Gregg Rosenthal
    ——-

    WRONG! The Raiders HAD to put the franchise tag on Wimbley because of a because of an NFL rule that voided the team’s $3.5 million buyback option on Wimbley from his original Cleveland Browns contract when the Raiders first traded for him.

    There was no “choice.” Wow…a first sentence fail!

  6. Grinds My Gear says: Mar 5, 2011 3:08 PM

    “We’re a little surprised the Raiders made sure to keep Richard Seymour, Stanford Routt, and Wimbley before locking up Miller.”

    Why so? All of those guys listed are classed as UFA. Miller and Bush are sitting between UFA and RFA depending on the new CBA.

  7. p4hbiz says: Mar 5, 2011 3:50 PM

    GO RAIDERS!!!

  8. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Mar 5, 2011 4:23 PM

    Only clueless “Coach” Davis would be stupid enough to put the F-tag on Wimbley which pays him 11.3 million and not F-tag Z. Miller instead………

    No NFL team would ever pay Wimbley 11.3 million a year. He would be lucky to get the 11.3 for 2 years……

  9. dolfan34 says: Mar 5, 2011 4:28 PM

    Let’s see how things play out if in fact Miller does become an UFA. There’s a number of teams that would be after him in a heartbeat. With the large amounts of money laid out for Wimbley, Seymour and Routt, seems to be the Raiders will be hard-pressed to keep him.

  10. p4hbiz says: Mar 5, 2011 5:06 PM

    The NFL and the rest of you clowns are going to look stupid when we sign Naumdi & Huff when the new CBA comes around.

    12-4 in 2011~

  11. pftareraiderhaters says: Mar 5, 2011 5:11 PM

    Gregg, why do you think with a new cba all 4 year players will be UFA, instead of the current RFA……that is almost like saying you doubt if there will be a rookie salary cap in the new cba….I 100% disagree with you..the owners will not sttle on high draft picks becoming UFA’s after just a few years…..Miller and Bush will both be back as RFA’s, and they bothwill probably both sign long term deals for good $$ w/ the raiders.

  12. invaiduh says: Mar 5, 2011 6:08 PM

    “We’re a little surprised”….
    and why shouldn’t you be. you guys always have the answers…
    it’s not like you work on rumors instead of the NFL. That would be silly….

  13. wetpaperbag2 says: Mar 5, 2011 8:19 PM

    ratbastardshanahandjob says: Mar 5, 2011 4:23 PM

    Only clueless “Coach” Davis would be stupid enough to put the F-tag on Wimbley which pays him 11.3 million and not F-tag Z. Miller instead………

    No NFL team would ever pay Wimbley 11.3 million a year. He would be lucky to get the 11.3 for 2 years……
    —————————–
    Another uninformed minion of the Raider-hater brigade. I’ll say this again, the Raiders picked up Wimbley’s option of $3.5mil. Now, fast forward one day after the option pick up, per Wimbley’s original contract that he was under when he was traded to Oakland, THE NFL RULES mandated that he MUST be given the Franchise tag (I believe within 24 hours) of the option signing.

    Once again, the Raiders never intended to tag Wimbley. It was a buried rule from his OLD contract that the NFL deemed the Raiders would be in violation of IF the DID NOT tag him after picking up his option. Get it now?

  14. joetoronto says: Mar 5, 2011 8:51 PM

    ratbastardshanahandjob says: Mar 5, 2011 4:23 PM

    Only clueless “Coach” Davis would be stupid enough to put the F-tag on Wimbley which pays him 11.3 million and not F-tag Z. Miller instead………

    No NFL team would ever pay Wimbley 11.3 million a year. He would be lucky to get the 11.3 for 2 years……
    ********************************************************
    Remember what you just said when your QB is rolling around on the ground, after being drilled by Wimbley.

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