Now that the Oakland Raiders have made Richard Seymour the highest paid defensive player in the NFL, it’s time to focus in on the next order of business. No, not hiring a defensive coordinator. Who needs one of those? Not pursuing Nnamdi Asomugha. Why pay a DB $16-million when you can pay a defensive lineman $15-million? No, the next order of business is keeping the best asset in the passing game in the East Bay.
Without Zach Miller the Raiders would be a car without an engine. The legs of Darren McFadden and Michael Bush might carry the team but it’s the hands of Zach Miller that hold the offense together.
Miller is as important to Hue Jackson’s success as HGH is to the sport of baseball. Without Miller, Jackson has a one-dimensional offense. Chaz Schilens can’t stay healthy. Louis Murphy runs hot and cold like the water in an old apartment building. Darrius Heyward-Bey is still the league’s highest paid decoy.
Aside from Jacoby Ford, the only other legitimate and consistent threat in the passing game was Miller. In fact, Miller has been the most consistent offensive producer in Oakland since he first arrived.
Now that Seymour is under contract, the franchise tag is free to be applied to Miller. Should the Raiders take this course of action they’ll guarantee Zach pulls in a cool $7-million. Fresh off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Miller is poised to become as well known around the league as he is in the AFC West.
What makes Zach Miller truly amazing is that his production has not changed despite playing with a different mediocre quarterback seemingly every other week. No secrets here, Miller means more to his offense than Asomugha means to his defense. That is not taking a shot at Nnamdi. It’s just fact. Aso has Seymour. Miller has…yeah…still thinking…
Al Davis may just have to watch as his prized corner walks but he can’t afford to stand still as his best receiver entertains offers. This offseason has been all about the offense. An offensive minded coach was promoted, mere days later an offensive coordinator was hired. To date there is no defensive coordinator in place…that we know of.
Therefore it stands to reason that after Seymour the most important move of the offseason will be keeping Miller in the fold. If it’s via a new contract, great! If not it will be the franchise tag that awaits Miller. Either way, signing Seymour was a move necessary to keep the lynchpin on the offense in town.
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