Even though it had been expected for months, yesterday’s farewell to Nnamdi Asomugha still came as a bit of a surprise. As team after team pulled out of the Asomugha sweepstakes the prospects of a Raider reunion became a possibility. Then those faint hopes were given last rites as the Philadelphia Eagles swooped in with a $60-million offer.
Now all eyes shift towards Zach Miller who thus far has been invisible in the free agent market.
Whereas as most of the prized free agents on the market have been surrounded by rumor, Miller has been sitting in silence. Not so much as a single report on an interested team or any clue on what Miller is weighing during his first taste of free agency.
It goes without saying that the Raiders can’t afford to lose Miller. If this team is going to take a big step forward then losing your top defensive and offensive players to free agency would be getting the 2011 season off on the wrong foot.
Now that the best player on the market, Asomugha, has signed the rest of the free agency process will be thrown in an even higher gear.
Given the pace at which signings are occurring, it is a little disconcerting that a player the caliber of Miller has gone this long without too much rampant speculation. Of course it could be that Al Davis is working up a dandy of a deal behind closed doors. That wouldn’t be too surprising when you think back to how Davis managed to re-sign both Asomugha and Shane Lechler just two years ago.
Miller would be wise to weigh his options. There likely won’t be another time is his career when Miller’s services will be in such high demand. At least that’s the assumption. It’s hard to say just what kind of market there is for Miller being that there hasn’t been a whole lot of Miller talk out there in the rumor mill. Still, it is hard to imagine an offensive stud like Miller being ignored for much longer. His payday is coming very soon.