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.


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Stak Says:
    March 5th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Shut up, coward.


    Ooooh. Internet tough guy.

  • NBE1

    Breaking news: The Real MaddenRaider becomes 1st ever internet blogger to kick his own ass.

  • This just in: NBE1 is not smart enough to effectively argue his point of view on the internet, so he’s convinced himself that everyone he disagrees with is actually one person, who’s conspiring to separate him from his beloved Raiders. In other words, he talks to his plants.

  • Wassss up MR? Makin new friends?

  • Al Davis is/was/always will be one of the greatest Managers in all of pro sports.

    If Al ever dies it will worse than the day Ronald Regan passed… Well almost.

  • Jonesy941

    did anyone hear any thing about #21 visiting san fran

  • I have all the friends in here I need.

  • Al Davis is a fraud.

  • phatcable

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 12:13 am
    Al Davis is a fraud
    …………………..i dont correct peoples spelling too often but your not even close too spelling GOD right ,even a four year old knows GOD is not spelled fraud.

  • GoodOle00

    161. The be all end all essense of RMR in his totallity.

  • 1) I don’t talk to religious freaks

    2) I definitely don’t talk to religious freaks who think that Al Davis is their deity.

  • GoodOle00

    Tosh.0 slams Raider fans.

    He’s a Dolphins fan.


    What kind of ring polish does Dan Marino use on his Super Bowl ring oh WAIT, thats right…

  • A professional comedian targeted the Raiders for material? It’s kind of like a layup in basketball.

  • phatcable

    Attn all raiders scouts Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews won’t need surgery on his injured left shoulder and will participate in his school’s pro day, his agent, David Dunn, said Thursday

  • NBE1

    160.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 12:13 am
    Al Davis is a fraud.


    Al Davis owns the Raiders and you don’t.

    Al Davis is a millionairre. Are you?

    Does Al Davis call you a fraud? Doubt it.

    Al Davis has 3 super bowl trophies, and rings. Do you?

    Al Davis is a very integral part of the NFL. Can you say you are?

    Al Davis is in the HOF. You ever been there?

    It is not nice to have to berate a old man who made the NFL what it is today and just happens to be up there in years now and still has the drive to make things happen. You ever have a grandfather? But if you get your pleasure in hating on him, that’s your right as an American.

  • raidertalk

    According to Williamson at Espn, we have to wait until June to sign Plaxico…

    Williamson says there are better FA recievers that we could get before then…

  • hendu

    post167,Well said! Lets see now,whos opinion would I seek,Mr Al Davis or mrs maddenraider? mrs/mr,I told you to take out the trash,didnt I? RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaiderSam

    # NBE1 Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 1:40 am

    160.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 12:13 am
    Al Davis is a fraud.


    Al Davis owns the Raiders and you don’t.

    Al Davis is a millionairre. Are you?

    Does Al Davis call you a fraud? Doubt it.

    Al Davis has 3 super bowl trophies, and rings. Do you?

    Al Davis is a very integral part of the NFL. Can you say you are?

    Al Davis is in the HOF. You ever been there?

    It is not nice to have to berate a old man who made the NFL what it is today and just happens to be up there in years now and still has the drive to make things happen. You ever have a grandfather? But if you get your pleasure in hating on him, that’s your right as an American.



    Well said, here’s hoping they make a run at the division to shut these “fans” up for good.

  • ahh Lovely day… its official spring, the SuperLiga started up again today, and LFC won over Man U…

    Life is grand =)

  • Bauce Madness

    Soccer=lame and no one in the states cares becuz best athletes not involved……..anyhow with owners on the rope taking body shots a new cba may get done. Good now we can sign some oline and find a way to get two players from cincy…..jonathan joseph amd chad johnson

  • 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.

  • Bauce Madness

    Bob good post but good OL will be throughout the draft. Kid from tcu is who I want for center. Have to disagree with ya on starting unit. Satele in power scheme? Campbell at LG? Doubt it. Bruce or Mario at RT. Raiders will sign and draft guards this year. As for defense we do need a reserve DE no doubt. If we taking DL AT 48 it better be a fat run stuffer. No more of this athletic Fake run stuffer crap

  • 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.

  • edward teach

    Good post, Bob Marley. The team will obviously point to the doubling of points scored by the offense last year and the struggles the defense had against the run as justification if they do decide to do what you suggest with #48.

    Keep in mind, however, that Carlisle is also near the end of his career, and that neither Barnes nor Henderson has been very productive the past two years. Satele is the only center on the roster.

    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.

    As you say, though, best player available at a position of need. We could even see Jimmy Smith from Colorado if teams ahead of us are afraid of his character issues.

  • Good Morning Raider Nation!

  • armond

    marley ive said from the jump our best bet is to get 2 of these monster dlineman in this draft. a de and a dt are needed. there is no way we should pass up the deepest set of talent at that position.shawny and scott got hurt and we were already short on de’s. our dline is good but not dominant. this draft could put us over the top with the right players. i just mentioned cameron heyward on rick tittle’s show seeing how he has fell under the radar. austin and taylor would being good picks at 48 as well.

  • armond

    paea has been underrated by the talking heads but i think he may pick up some steam the closer we get to the draft. i would like us to trade down a few times like last year and get a few more mid rnd picks. there will be a lot of good players in the 3rd-5th rnds cuz its a depp class. i would like to see this based on the six picks we have.

    2 dlineman
    2 olineman
    1 olb
    1 fb
    if we get a few more picks then add an athletic te and big cb. of course id have no problem getting kaepernick as well.

  • 1 D-line
    1 DB
    2 O-line
    1 QB

    Not in that order

  • Mistabr0wn

    Al has seen & heard enough about his overrated home grown draft pick. If you dont make plays AL is NOT going to dish out the jack simple as that. Move on #21 or take a pay cut!

    The end.

    # Jonesy941 Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    did anyone hear any thing about #21 visiting san fran

  • YoungAmerican

    2) OG/OT Marcus Cannon (TCU), OG/C Stefan Wisniewski (Penn State), OT/OG Benjamin Ijalana (Villanova), CB Curtis Brown (Texas), or OLB Mason Foster (Washington)

    3) C Jake Kirkpatrick (TCU), OG/C John Moffitt (Wisconsin), NT/DT Jarrell Powe (Ole Miss), OT Marcus Gilbert (Florida), or CB Brandon Burton (Utah)

    4) CB Davon House (New Mexico State), FS Robert Sands (West Virginia), OLB/DE Dontay Moch (Nevada), or OLB Casey Matthews (Oregon)

    5) DT/NT Ian Williams (Notre Dame), C/OG Brandon Fusco (Slippery Rock), FB Henry Hynoski (Pitt), or WR Ricardo Lockette (Fort Valley State)

    6) DE/DT Cedrick Thornton (Southern Arkansas), CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (Miami), or TE Jordan Cameron (USC)

    7) QB Josh Portis (Cal PA)


    Re-sign: Miller (RFA), Bush (RFA), Reece (RFA), Satele, Bryant (RFA), Barnes, Loper, Mario Henderson, and Condo.

    Huff will test the FA market, but could be re-signed.

    Possible FA targets:

    OT Nick Kaczur or Jammal Brown
    FS Jarrad Page
    TE Matt Spaeth
    CB Eric Wright or Richard Marshall

  • luvmarvhub


    You’re so full of crap we can smell you over the internet. Your historical and political “knowledge” are nothing more than pompous bull sh_t. You are given to spewing nonsense and hyperbole; at times your pronouncements and pontificating reek of an attempt to bully and at others are indicative of one who overcompensates because he lacks REAL knowledge.

    Now, if you and others want to talk politics, fine. I myself comment on many issues on blogs which are designed for discussing such topics. There are myriads of good blogs of that sort, on the left and on the right, and all points in between. The good blogs are frequented by people who are interested in exchanging real ideas, not by those who wish to inflate their egos.

    Take your comments to those blogs and leave this one for talk of the Raiders and football. I say the same to all others who lapse into such discussions. Unlike other blog owners, Jerry obviously hasn’t the time nor the resources to moderate comments here, and so the dialogues often devolve into pubescent male

  • luvmarvhub


    peacock posturing replete with idiotic insults, whether the topic under discussion is football or politics or anything else.

    If the off-topic postings by you and others weren’t so difficult to “jump over” and if they were rare, perhaps they could be tolerated as minor irritations; unfortunatly, the blog lay out is such that in posts that have numerous comments, it is time consuming and difficult for the readers to scan visually the names of the posters and “jump over” those which are characterized by immature, junior high school boyish rants and insults or those of an off-topic nature. Furthermore, such postings are not rare at all.

    Jerry has complained in the past about such posts. It seems you’ve ignored him. Nothing could be a greater indicator of your disrespect for him than your ignoring his request.

    I am asking you and everyone to respect Jerry. He and his employer have done us fans a great service by providing his frequent posts and commentary and by allowing us to comment. I fear that one day, he’ll say, “The heck with it” and we will lose this blog.

    I haven’t posted much here although I’ve done a lot of reading on and off. Were I to go back and look at my posts, perhaps I’d find one or two that were OT, I don’t know. I don’t think so, but maybe. If so, I realize I have my own act to clean up.

    So, I am asking all of the posters here to limit their dialogue to relevant topics. If you wish to converse with one another on other topics such as politics, if you wish to engage in silly verbal games of one-ups-manship, simply get the personal emails of those with whom you’d like to continue the conversation and let the rest of us enjoy this blog for what it is supposed to be.
    Your intrusions have reached the point of insufferability.

  • luvmarvhub

    Lastly, RealMaddenRaider,

    My first paragraph of my post is the first and last which will mimic your writing.

  • Yawn. Anyway. Good morning, everyone.

  • RaiderSam Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Al Davis owns the Raiders and you don’t.


    Obviously. I’ve never in my life gone 7 years without winning.

  • Ha ha ha! Are the Raiders thinking about signing Plaxico? My goodness. Even Tom Coughlin, the well noted NFL version of Adolph Hitler, couldn’t keep Burress under control. But Al can handle him. Moss all over again..except Moss was about twice as good.

  • Bauce Madness

    Lol so MR al Davis admires Hitler? And MR plaxico is in his 30s went to jail on some BS missing time with his son. I think he wouldnt be a problem as far as attitude. Jail humbled Vick so why not Plax?

  • Bauce Madness

    Moss twice as talented yes MR we agree but guess who has a ring?

  • Bauce Madness

    And spare me the spin job MR if you are attempting to name fringe players who got rings. Plax has alot of playoff experience and been the man for most of his career. He got paid big and came up big. Nothing better than predicting a sb win over NE

  • Vick was involved with an illegal business, and was a victim of fake outrage and racism. Plaxico brought a gun to a club, and had it in his sweatpants. The knucklehead factor, Brien.

  • “No Knuckleheads” – Tom Cable. Hope Davis/Campbell/Jackson uphold that policy. Doesn’t look like it so far, with talks of Plaxico.

  • Bauce Madness

    LOL both moves were of knucklehead variety MR. You are reaching again. These guys get humbled when their first love is taken and also when they cant see their loved ones. To ignore that is irresponsible on your part. Vick became a better player how come Plax cant help here?

  • Bauce Madness

    Aint shhhht of Tom Cable’s policy we need to keeep. Move on dot com MR. I dont give a damn about former knuckleheads if they come here and win. Woodson was huge fool out here but matured and is now a sure fire HOF. Its about winning not the popularity contest for your girl scout society

  • I don’t think so, B. Nobody cared about dogfighting UNTIL Vick was busted. CBS did a week long report on it a couple of years beforehand, lowest ratings ever. Because they were only showing video of good ol rednecks doing it. Vick gets busted, PETA doubles its membership, overnight. Vick was a victim of a misguided, closet racist backlash. Nothing more. Nobody cared about dogfighting until he got busted.

    Plaxico took a gun to a club. He’s just the type of knucklehead Cable was trying to rid this team of. I can only hope our new flow chart, Al Davis/Jason Campbell/Hue Jackson will uphold his policy. With talks of bringing in Plaxico, it doesn’t look good, does it? Feels like we’re going back to the pre Kiffin/Cable days. 2-14. I don’t want that.

  • Forget the fact that Plaxico is a knucklehead. He is 34 years old and has been rotting in jail for 2 years. Even T.O. is a better option at this point.

  • Bauce Madness Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    Moss twice as talented yes MR we agree but guess who has a ring?
    The only reason Moss doesn’t have that ring is because of a lucky catch by a scrub.

  • Speaking of scrubs, how are you Bauce?

  • Bauce Madness

    MR aka AB Paine…….Vick was an admitted knucklehead before the dog drama so spare me your BS. It works well with other posters but I have knifed thru your BS with ease and always will. You arent smart enough. As for plax….many people bring their piece to the club. Bad idea no doubt but that was 08 after sitting in jail. And MR aka AB paine plax sitting up in jail hasnt been any wear and tear on his body so him being 34 means little.

  • 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