Whenever the owners finally get off their phat wallets to remove the padlocks you can bet Jerry Jones’ plastic surgery budget that Zach Miller will be a popular guy. Among the most prized potential free agents Al Davis is sure to be the first of many calls Miller will receive.
Depending on the language of the new CBA Miller could be a restricted free agent whose price tag will include a first and third round pick attached. There is also the chance Oakland’s most consistent offensive producer will be an unrestricted free agent. If the latter ends up being true then an all out bidding war is likely to ensue.
With a tentative set of deadlines established once the CBA is in place we have an idea of how the free agency process will unfold. Potentially Oakland could have a brief window of only a few days to make Miller an offer. After that it will be time for Zach to set his phone on vibrate unless he enjoys his ringtone that much.
But that is all in the future.
As of now there is no way of truly knowing just who is interested in Miller’s services. Much like all of the Nnamdi Asomugha talk, speculation reigns supreme. Football News Now thinks the Buffalo Bills could be a contender in the Miller sweepstakes. If Zach wants to start the rebuilding process over again then by all means, enjoy the wings.
You’ve got to figure Miller will be fielding calls from contenders and pretenders alike. However there might not be a better fit for Miller than Oakland.
More than likely Miller will be prominently featured in Al Saunders’ offense. Without any consistent production from the young receiving corps Jason Campbell’s best weapon in the passing game will continue to be Miller.
Having just made his first Pro Bowl Zach Miller is due to cash in on all that he’s been doing under the radar since first joining the NFL. No telling what his true priorities are but money does talk. Oakland’s cap conundrum has been well documented so even if he wants to stay in the Bay Miller might not be willing to take a hometown discount if necessary.
No matter what the new CBA dictates the Raiders must make keeping Miller a priority. After last season’s promise it would be a very bad omen to begin this seaon without either Miller or Asomugha. Losing one is impossible enough to replace. To see both walk would just be an insult to the franchise as a whole.
Al Davis has stayed the course with regards to his business practices. Most thought it was certain that either Asomugha or Shane Lechler would be gone two years ago when free agency began. To the surprise of most Davis kept both men in Silver and Black thanks to lucrative offers.
It seems highly unlikely that Davis will be able to keep both Miller and Asomugha. Therefore keeping the cheaper option in Miller is imperative. Replacing Asomugha is difficult but lessened with Stanford Routt’s improved play. Miller, on the other hand, has no equal on the roster or in free agency. Oakland’s D could survive the loss of Nnamdi. Without Miller the offense is in trouble.
Teams are licking their chops at the thought of Miller departing the East Bay. Hopefully Mr. Davis will save Zach the trouble of fielding multiple calls by making the best kept secret in football an offer he can’t refuse.