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Miller optimistic he’ll remain a Raider

Tight end Zach Miller got good news on two fronts in the last two days.

First he learned Thursday the Raiders had placed a first- and third-round tender on him as a restricted free agent, a sure sign the club considered him a valuable part of the future.

On Friday, Miller, the Raiders’ player rep, was pleased to see NFL Player’s Association and owners had agreed to a one-week extension and finally appeared to be making progress toward a collective bargaining agreement.

“I’m definitely optimistic now after it seemed like the owners were close to locking us out,” Miller said in a phone interview Friday. “We’ve wanted a deal all along, and I hope we can come to an agreement as soon as possible.

Miller could speak only in general terms about negotiations since the both sides agreed to a gag order in terms of specifics.

As for the first- and third-round tender, Miller viewed it as a sign he may not be changing uniforms in 2011.

“It does feel good,” Miller said. “It’d be great to be back in Oakland. I really feel like we’re headed in the right direction with Hue Jackson and the way things are going. We had preliminary discussions (on a contract) before deadline and I’m sure they’ll pick up again once there’s a CBA in place and we get back to business.”

Miller and Michael Bush both received first- and third-round tenders, which represents the cost a team would have to pay the Raiders should they be signed in free agency, with Oakland having the opportunity to match any offer sheet. The Raiders used the the designations as insurance to keep the two players tied to Oakland in the event a new CBA doesn’t grant unrestricted free agent status to four-year veterans.

A first- and third-round designation for a four-year veteran last year carried with it a salary fo $3.168 million. The Raiders locked up Stanford Routt with a first- and third tender last year and this year awarded him with a three-year extension worth $31.5 million.

Other players were likely tendered as well, but the Raiders aren’t confirming any of them _ including Miller and Bush.

SMITH CHARGED WITH MURDER

Disturbing story out of Southern California, via Profootballtalk.com, that former Raiders first-round pick Anthony Smith has been charged with murder.

Smith, a defensive end, was one of the Raiders best pass rushers out of Arizona and the No. 11 overall pick of the 1990 draft.

Alternately funny and engaging and then sullen and moody, Smith was suspended by Joe Bugel in 1997 for conduct detrimental to the team for what was reported as a physical altercation with an assistant coach.

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  • Bauce Madness

    MR aka AB Paine…..giants didnt win only because of that catch. Their pass rush was deadly and Josh Mcdaniels showed his immaturity by passing 50 times! And notice plax has game winning TD AFTER RUNNING A GREAT ROUTE …. you lose…..NEXT?

  • Bauce Madness

    And MR aka AB Paine….spare me the it was racism crap. Vick knew his company was from a lifestyle that could fk him. He didnt care and went about things as if it wouldnt come down. And the idiot lied about it lol. Has nada to do with racism with vick. Now plaxico’s story much different. Mayor Doomberg of New York was for sure after him and wanted to make him an example. Still knowing you are a rich black athlete you better make wise choices. Skinheads and KKK didnt make them do those stupid moves

  • Bauce Madness

    But that being said….I want Chad Johnson but will not be mad at Plax

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    edward teach Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    …I’m not sure I agree with your view that there will be no viable prospects for the o-line at 48, though. The strength of the draft class in other areas (and specific team needs) could very well drop some good o-line prospects to us in the second round.
    —————————————————

    Hey teach…I hear you.

    If there’s a good one available, I’m all for it.

    But I think OL expected to be available at 48 are projected to be solid, decent players while some of the DL that could be there have the potential to be very good or even great, that’s why I would like to grab one of those really talented DL kids so Waufle can coach him up and Seymour can teach him how to be a pro.

  • DKnight007

    Someone calling Nnamdi overrated is stupid!

    If he doesn’t make enough plays….then that is because guess what? Teams don’t throw his way and avoid him like the plague.

    Once again….I think we can all agree, (even the Kool-Aid old man Al drinkers and Herrera trolls) that losing Nnamdi and getting NOTHING in return for him….would be considered a massive EPIC FAIL by old man Al.

    Those are the types of idiotic moves, that come back to bite the old man Al in the azz!

  • DKnight007

    # r8eray Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    West Virginia FS Robert Sands may ultimately end up as a linebacker in the NFL.
    He reportedly “didn’t look athletic enough” to be an NFL safety at last week’s Combine. This, despite the fact that he ran a solid 4.57 in the 40. At 6-foot-4, 217 pounds to go along with that speed, he would be a very interesting athlete at linebacker.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Too small to be a OLB in the NFL.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    DKight, I agree that Nnamdi is a great player. However, it would be better to let him go. Even with him, the safeties were always getting scorched. And, QBs just picked on the other CB all the time. What this team needs is not #21 but a new defensive philosophy. So, when is Al bringing in that defensive coordinator?

  • RaiderRockstar

    not ONE new player was added to stopping the run and won’t be added. Why? Because the Raiders don’t care about stopping the run. Its about getting to the QB.

    ***

    SnB #61,

    Al drafted McClain & Houston to stuff the run. He added bigger stronger OLB’s like Wimbley & Groves to replace WLB Howard/Scott & SLB Alston/Brown last year too. John Henderson wasn’t brought in to get after the QB and Matt ShoNasty is a base end. I don’t miss having an undersized pass rush only DE for 1st, 2nd & 3rd downs (Burgess, Ellis, Scott). He’s paying Seymour to stuff the run, get sacks and make everybody else around him better. Tommy Kelly almost made the Pro Bowl and Seymour would have played, if not for injury

    Now if you’re telling me that these guys don’t have it in them? ok. If you’re telling me that they don’t have quality staff in place to coach them up or motivate them? ok. But I’m not buying that the Raiders simply don’t care about stuffing the run. Especially with Hue Jackson promising to build a bully. How do you bully other teams if they can run for 130-150 yards against your Defense every week? And if the plan was to build from the outside-in this year … why wouldn’t Asomugha & Huff be retained?

    There has to be a plan. the Raider Nation just hasn’t been informed (yet). Let’s re-visit this issue in August. I’m sure there will be some changes on Defense, whether it be re-signing our own, trade or draft. It’s only the first week of March. Still waiting on a DC to get hired (Chuck B?) and the CBA issue to get resolved!

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    Rockstar

    Well said.

  • DKnight007

    # Bob Marley Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Guess it’s time for draft talk and, as usual, the fill a need – best player available debate.

    Most people feel we need to select an OL at 48, but I think we’ll try to go with what we have, Veldeheer is locked as the LT and Satele at C, but there should be a battle for the LG, RG and RT spots between Loper, Barnes, Campbell, Henderson and Walker.

    So my guess is we’ll see LT Veldheer, LG Campbell, C Satele, RG Walker and RT Mario on openig day, with Loper and Barnes in line to take over if Campbell fails at LG or Mario fails at RT, with Walker moving back outside.

    I don’t know if it will work, but I think that’s the plan for now, unless they really like Wisniewski or Cannon of if a guy like Sherrod or Watkins is available.

    But the point I want to make is that there won’t be a great OL propect available at 48.

    Which leads to the DL class, I’ve never seen so many good prospects coming out as this year, I think that’s where the value is and we should take advantage and grab one of those kids.

    I know DL is not exactly a pressing need but Seymour, Kelly and Henderson are over 30 now, Shaughnessy and Houston should continue to start at DE but Houston may eventually move inside and while Des Bryant continues to develop, we may need another starting DT or LE soon.

    With so many quality prospects, one of these players will hopefully be available at 48:

    Ohio State’s DE-DT Cameron Heyward: I love this guy, he had elbow surgery so he’s fallen of the radar a bit, but he’s a great player who can play inside and outside, reminds me a bit of Richard Seymour.

    North Carolina’s DT Marvin Austin: Everyone knows his story, but played well in 09 and has impressed in workouts even after a year off, one of the best in terms of talent, Mike Waufle should turn him into a beast, could eventually be Houston’s partner inside and will get snaps right away.

    Miami’s DL Allen Bailey: Not close to Heyward and Austin for me, but he’s a size-speed guy with great work ethic who needs some coaching which is where Mike Waufle comes in again, would be better as a 3rd rounder but may not last.

    Some other prospects who could be there at 48 are Hampton’s Kendrick Ellis, Baylor’s Phil Taylor, Temple’s Muhamad Wilkerson, Illinois Corey Liuget and Oregon State’s Stephen Paea all of them play inside.

    ^^^^^^^^
    I like Phil Taylor, Stephen Paea in that Raider Round 2 spot if they go D-Line.

    The depth at the D-Line positions is great in this years draft. Not so much for the O-Line. That’s why Wiz or Cannon would be better picks in Round 2.

    That’s the reason why they can wait to pick another D-Linemen in Rounds 4 or 5 for depth and rotational purposes.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Trade the second round pick for Tebow.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Someone calling Nnamdi overrated is stupid!

    If he doesn’t make enough plays….then that is because guess what? Teams don’t throw his way and avoid him like the plague.

    Once again….I think we can all agree that losing Nnamdi and getting NOTHING in return for him….would be considered a massive EPIC FAIL by old man Al.

    ***

    Nnamdi is a good man and a GREAT player. We probably could have re-signed him for Revis money $12 million per season, but after giving Seymour $15 mil and Routt $10 mil annually … you know #21′s agent probably upped the asking price to $16-17 million each year

    those guys are not THE BEST at their position, maybe not even Top 10!

  • RaiderRetribution

    if none of the top [1st & 2nd tier] O-lineman are available at #48, i.e., Cannon, Puoncey, Wisniewski, Hudson, Solder, Smith, etc… and none of the D-Linemen or DBs are available, then that means either Newton or Locker or possibly even Ingram will fall to us at 48.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Nnamdi is not coming back.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Bye the way, Stanford Routt has one hell of a website:

    http://www.sroutt26.com/main.html

  • RaiderRockstar

    I agree that Nnamdi is a great player. However, it would be better to let him go. Even with him, the safeties were always getting scorched. And, QBs just picked on the other CB all the time. What this team needs is not #21 but a new defensive philosophy. So, when is Al bringing in that defensive coordinator?

    ***

    I would agree that a new defensive philosophy is more important than re-signing ANY one player … but with Al Davis as “involved” as he is, I don’t see that happening.

    The entire defensive staff has been filled and we’re looking for a puppet DC to do what? Be the “fall guy” if things go south? Players are being re-signed, too. How much authority will the DC actually have if he can’t dictate the system, staff or the players ???

    Better off just hoping that we re-sign Nnamdi and pay him Top 5 QB money, LOL

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    DK

    “The depth at the D-Line positions is great in this years draft. Not so much for the O-Line. That’s why Wiz or Cannon would be better picks in Round 2.”

    Are Wiz and Cannon more talented than the DL who could be available at 48?.

    You seem to prefer drafting for need over best available player.

    As I said before…

    OL expected to be available at 48 are projected to be solid, decent players while some of the DL that could be there have the potential to be very good or even great, that’s why I would like to grab one of those really talented DL kids so Waufle can coach him up and Seymour can teach him how to be a pro.

    When it comes to OL prospects, after Castonzo, Smith, Solder, Carimi, Sherrod, Watkins and Pouncey, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between players projected to go between rounds 2 and 5.

    I guess I can see your point with Cannon as he has rare size and could become a killer Guard.

  • RaiderRockstar

    see you fellas tomorrow…

  • edward teach

    Hey teach…I hear you.

    If there’s a good one available, I’m all for it.

    But I think OL expected to be available at 48 are projected to be solid, decent players while some of the DL that could be there have the potential to be very good or even great, that’s why I would like to grab one of those really talented DL kids so Waufle can coach him up and Seymour can teach him how to be a pro.

    ********************************************************

    If a d-lineman is there with the postential to be great, absolutely. Especially if a guy like John Moffitt drops to the third round.

    If Colorado corner Jimmy Smith drops to the 2nd round becuase of character concerns it will be interesting to see what we do. 6-2/205, ran a 4.38 at the combine, and is considered to be a very good and physical man-coverage player.

  • r8rwill

    lakers rule,,,any questions?? lol

  • Bauce Madness

    Lakers currently do rule since they been to 3 straight finals and are two time defending champs…..but its March my friend and the playoffs east and west will be a dog fight….but SA CANT BEAT LA…..duncan is finsished no more legs. Tim DONEcan is his name. Only way to beat Lakers is to outboard them or outrun them with young legs

  • Bauce Madness

    Damn nnamdi….glad his soft azz is over in SF hope they sign him……aacquire jonathan joseph or a vet cb and just have routt mcfadden and ware be the corners. I still need a WLB and another DE plus another NT FOR THIS DEFENSE TO BE TOUGH

  • DKnight007

    Bob Marley Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    DK

    “The depth at the D-Line positions is great in this years draft. Not so much for the O-Line. That’s why Wiz or Cannon would be better picks in Round 2.”

    Are Wiz and Cannon more talented than the DL who could be available at 48?.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    I just want the best player available that fills a position of need as a STARTER at #48.

    If we draft a 3rd Tier rated D-Linemen will he be starting over Shauny, Houston, Scott, Wimbley, Kelly, or Seymour?

    I highly doubt it.

    Compared to if we draft a 2nd tier rated O-Linemen like Cannon or Wiz or Sherrod who can most likely start right away.

    Yep…I will take the player who will be STARTING right away, compared to a player who will be part of the D-Line ROTATION and not starting.

    Feel me?

  • DKnight007

    If old man Al and Coach Huey are going to stay in house for the DC position….then I would much rather see Coach Waufle get the gig ahead of Chuck B….without a doubt!

  • DKnight007

    # A.B. Paine III Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    DKight, I agree that Nnamdi is a great player. However, it would be better to let him go. Even with him, the safeties were always getting scorched. And, QBs just picked on the other CB all the time. What this team needs is not #21 but a new defensive philosophy. So, when is Al bringing in that defensive coordinator?

    ^^^^^^^^
    Oh I agree, a different more up to date defensive philosophy is needed and HAS been needed for quite sometime…..but if that doesn’t happen…then what is the point of getting rid of Nnamdi…WITHOUT getting anything in return??

    Terrible.

  • Carl Weathers

    You guys are forgetting about Jarvis Moss. Ex 17th overall pick and Bronco cast-off. He’ll be back.

  • raiderfankirk

    DK i agree. If you don’t really have any needs then you draft for potential, but we have oline and CB needs. If Branch could cover better he would be a beast.

  • DKnight007

    Kaepernick or Locker would be good picks in Round 2 if the team wants to try and get a developmental QB.

  • DKnight007

    Branch is not going to be able to cover better. He is a strong safety and that is it.

  • raiderfankirk

    We need strong side LB who can cover TE’s so Branch could stay in the zone. When he can keep the ball in front of him he plays well, not so much when he has to turn his head and cover man. Just have to use him in the right way.

  • DKnight007

    # Carl Weathers Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    You guys are forgetting about Jarvis Moss. Ex 17th overall pick and Bronco cast-off. He’ll be back.

    ^^^^^^^
    Yep. There is another reason not to draft a 3rd Tier DE over a 2nd Tier potentially STARTING Guard or Right Tackle like Cannon or a potentially STARTING Center or Guard like Wiz.

    I do like Phil Taylor though if he is there in Round 2…..but NOT over Marcus Cannon.

  • raiderfankirk

    no it will never happen but Aso at FS would be killer.

  • raiderfankirk

    when shonasty got hurt at KC game did anyone notice how well Bryant played at DE?

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    Good Morning Raider Nation!

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