Jerry McDonald reports that the Raiders have placed the highest tenders on both Michael Bush and Zach Miller. Of course this means little to nothing if the next CBA doesn’t allow for fourth-year players to be considered restricted free agents.
For now it means any team interested in acquiring the services of either Bush or Miller will have to part with a 1st and a 3rd round pick. While both men are highly sought after around the league, no team would be willing to pay that high a levy.
The other caveat to this whole story is that none of this has been officially confirmed by the Raiders. In fact just before McDonald broke this news he posted on his blog that the deadline had passed and Oakland made no move to place any tenders on their RFAs.
So we’ll just have to wait and see how this whole thing shapes up. As McDonald speculates, chances are more players were given tenders as well.
It goes without saying that losing either Bush or Miller would be detrimental to the offense.
Miller is the only receiver that poses a consistent threat to opposing defenses week in and week out. Bush is invaluable as both a member of the backfield tandem with Darren McFadden and an occasional starter when Run DMC isn’t healthy.
One year ago the Raiders made headlines by placing the highest tender on Stanford Routt. Then just to one-up themselves they turned around a year later and made Routt one of the NFL’s highest paid DBs. Securing long term deals for both Miller and Bush are a must. If the RFA tender doesn’t jive with the new CBA both men stand to make some serious cash whether it be this year or next when they get their new deals.
Overall the Raiders have done well for themselves amid all the labor contention.
With so many key contributors poised to walk via free agency, the front office hasn’t been bashful about getting their men to stay at all costs. Well…except for Nnamdi Asomugha. That is one situation that will become a major story if a new CBA is stuck sometime soon.