The sum of all fears is quickly becoming a reality. The Oakland Raiders are in danger of losing three of their most valuable players if and when free agency begins.
All-Galaxy cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is already slated to hit the open market. That’s nothing new.
What is new is the possibility of both Michael Bush and Zach Miller being free to leave. Both players were given the highest tenders possible prior to the lockout. Back when the two were tendered it was known that there was a good chance said tenders were only tentative relative to a new CBA being agreed upon.
Wouldn’t you know it, PFT reports that the latest CBA offer on the table calls for fourth year players to become unrestricted free agents. This would apply to both Miller and Bush should the new deal come to be.
There’s no telling what kind of value both hold on the open market but you’d better believe teams will open their wallets. Bush has long been a sought after commodity and Miller is among the NFL’s elite at the tight end position.
Al Davis has already committed big bucks to Stanford Routt, Richard Seymour and Kamerion Wimbley. Just how there would be enough left over to pay Miller and Bush ,not to mention if there is any attempt to re-sign Asomugha, remains a mystery.
Over the years Davis has managed to pull off some clever accounting as he’s always unafraid to show his players the money. This time around could be much different.
If there is one advantage to the lockout it is that other teams will have to scramble once the small free agency window opens. All that madness could work in Oakland’s favor. Instead of having the luxury of wooing players over the course of a few weeks, teams will have to make a last second effort to recruit talent. The frenzy will force teams to focus on their top priorities instead of casting a wide net.
Of course this is all still a part of the what if game. Until there’s an actual CBA in place there’s nothing much to do except sit around and dream up fantasy scenarios. Hopefully Davis and his staff had a contingency plan in place knowing there was a good chance both Bush and Miller could hit the open market.