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Not much impact from Miller’s change of agents

Tight end Zach Miller has switched agencies, according to Profootballtalk.com (by way of the Sports Business Journal), going from Athletes First to CAA.

Athletes first, headed by Tom Condon, also represents cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and free safety Michael Huff. Asomugha will almost assuredly depart if and when free agency begins, and the Raiders have also prepared themselves for the possibility that Huff leaves as well by signing Hiram Eugene to a four-year contract (a deal that would also be comfortable if he’s a non-starter).

I wouldn’t read too much into the change with regard to Miller staying in Oakland. First, if free agency does not allow four-year players to be unrestricted, Miller will likely be tied to the Raiders with the first- and third-round tender that was extended before the lockout.

Second, the Raiders seldom lose players they intend on keeping. They simply write the check. Right or wrong, once Asomugha’s deal voided, Al Davis made a conscious decision to use that money to sign other players _ and locked up players on his own roster _ most notably Richard Seymour and Stanford Routt. With Huff, expect the Raiders to let the market dictate whether they’ll stay in the game. If Dallas or any other team comes up huge, Huff will end up elsewhere.

The tender given Miller is a sure sign they’ll be aggressive in bringing him back, regardless of his representation. In those instances, the Raiders usually get their man, even if conventional wisdom is they overpaid to get it done.

A side note regarding Jackson’s fairly non-committal “who knows?” response to retaining Asomugha:

It makes no sense to make a public parting of the ways with a prospective free agent. Keep in mind there’s an outside chance that if the lockout drags on into September, an agreement could include free agents returning to their old teams for a year and free agency starting in 2012.

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  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Zack Miller gone too?

  • severeraiderz

    2nd-Colin Kaepernick QB
    3rd-Wiz OG/C
    4th- Jordan Cameron TE

  • severeraiderz

    IMO Kaepernick is at least as good of a prospect as Tebow was last year

  • TerrapinRaider

    198.TerrapinRaider Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 9:54 am

    The Terrapin’s theory is that MM34 was drafted in the 2nd to play SS to eventually slide Tyvon Branch to FS in place of Huff.

    Two things happened that delayed the plan: 1. MM34 came in late due to school and sufferred injuries during a valuable rookie year, which slowed him down. 2. Huff started to ‘get it’ and play more up to his potential at FS.

    What we ended up with was a log jam at SS. Otherwise there was no need to draft MM34 in the 2nd if it was not to have him play SS and move Branch (who had a solid year the year before) to FS.

    Now we have another problem with the labor ‘non’-negotiations and the lockout. This slows down the transition such that Hiram Eugene will have to start at FS because neither Branch nor Mitchell have had enough practice playing the spot.

  • CMon Man

    hope Al Doesn’t have to pay a “Raider Premium” to keep this guy.

    Why did they give Routt $10MM per year?

  • CMon Man

    Terrapin,

    Defense is going to struggle this year. Too many moving parts and question marks.

    Let’s hope the o-line is solidified and the passing game can match the running game

  • severeraiderz

    Mon Man Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 9:56 am
    hope Al Doesn’t have to pay a “Raider Premium” to keep this guy.

    Why did they give Routt $10MM per year?
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////

    They figured it’d be better to pay Routt 10 a year, make him your #1 than paying Routt 8 to stay and Asoumugha 16 to be your #1. I think it was the right move. Its great to have a lockdown CB because it gives u great flexibility on D and allows u to rush extra guys, but he never has to make a play and therefore will never make a pick. In fact Aso had a chance at a pick last year and dropped it….purposely??? Maybe.

  • TerrapinRaider

    On the draft – I wouldn’t be thoroughly excited about any of these QBs ….they are all late 1st, 2nd or later grades. And I’m being generous with a late 1st. I don’t get the Kim Newton glorification – same as I didn’t get the Tim Teabow man love either. They are the same type of player.

    VY had more talent than these guys coming out – stronger arm and faster.

    Colin K is probably the most intriguing QB prospect in my book. Yet I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone comes to their senses draft day and all the QB start to slide down the draft boards – much like Brady Quinn slided way down vs expectations.

  • YoungAmerican
  • severeraiderz

    CMon Man Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 9:58 am
    Terrapin,

    Defense is going to struggle this year. Too many moving parts and question marks.

    Let’s hope the o-line is solidified and the passing game can match the running game
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////

    McClain with more experience, Houston with more experience leads me to believe the defense will be at least as good at last year. The only players we are losing is Aso and potentially Huff….the front 7 will be much improved.

  • TerrapinRaider

    I wouldn’t give any of these QBs top 10 money. They are all later picks – projects!

    Mallet has the best arm but boy is he a stiff

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    3.severeraiderz Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 9:51 am

    IMO Kaepernick is at least as good of a prospect as Tebow was last year
    ——————————–
    Ooooh, I guess we should get him then, huh?

  • severeraiderz

    TerrapinRaider Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 10:05 am
    On the draft – I wouldn’t be thoroughly excited about any of these QBs ….they are all late 1st, 2nd or later grades. And I’m being generous with a late 1st. I don’t get the Kim Newton glorification – same as I didn’t get the Tim Teabow man love either. They are the same type of player.

    VY had more talent than these guys coming out – stronger arm and faster.

    Colin K is probably the most intriguing QB prospect in my book. Yet I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone comes to their senses draft day and all the QB start to slide down the draft boards – much like Brady Quinn slided way down vs expectations.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////
    Cam Newton is bigger, stronger, and faster than Tebow. Is a much better passer and more accurate than Tebow,there is really no comparing the 2.

  • irjonny

    if it’s kaepernick i guess it’s cool, but no other qb should be the pick. i just hope the raiders go offense early like they did with defense last year.

    good offense = good defense. doesn’t work the other way around.

  • severeraiderz

    KoolKell Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 10:11 am
    3.severeraiderz Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 9:51 am

    IMO Kaepernick is at least as good of a prospect as Tebow was last year
    ——————————–
    Ooooh, I guess we should get him then, huh?
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    I would, especially since he is a better prospect than any QB we would get in the 3rd. Most experts have Stefen projected as a 3rd-4th round talent. Unless Jimmy Smith or another superb talent falls to 48 I think we should take Kaepernick. All other prospects we have shown interest in will be available later on in the draft, notably Culliver, Silva, Van Dyke, and Harris

  • HairyBush

    Mallet=head case

  • Gust372

    Raiders capitalize on their first non-losing season in nearly a decade by dumping off some decent players and firing the coach. Just Win Baby.

  • TerrapinRaider

    I don’t want to get into an irrelavent QB argument here but Kim Newton really isn’t that fast at all. I don’t recall Teabow running a 40 last year but I can’t imagine Kim being that much faster than he is. Likewise with arm strength. Kim’s arm really isn’t that strong either. Same with Teabow. What they both were, were running QBs who in college were bigger than their general competition.

    And if Denver is believed to still be interested in a QB obviously under the surface they don’t think Teabow can cut it in the NFL as a Starter.

  • DKnight007

    9.YoungAmerican Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 10:07 am
    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Miami-TE-Richard-Gordon-visited-the-Raiders.html

    ^^^^^^^
    This should pretty much confirm that the Raiders will indeed be looking to add another talented TE to the roster to compete with Myers as the backup TE.

    Look for them to get Green, Cameron, Gordon or Hendricks from Wisconsin sometime in this upcoming draft.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    There’s a very simple solution to the Raider QB dilemma.

    Sign VINCE YOUNG.

    It’s the perfect Al Davis/Raider reclamation project.

    The number 3 overall pick, who’s done nothing but WIN – but is considered a pariah by his former team mainly because of off field issues, insubordination and mental instability.

    Perfect.

    Put him in an environment where he becomes the savior, where winning is the biggest thing, with a little loving, firm guidance from Coach Hue. Make it understood this is going to be his greatest chance to redeem himself and his career.

    It probably would work.

    And if it didn’t ?

    Big freaking deal.

    Only thing it would cost is $$$. No draft picks.

    What’s the downside ?

    Worried about crushing JaJason’s confidence ? LMAO.

    He already can’t play with someone looking over his shoulder ! Hahaha.

    What a joke.

    Al, sign VY.

    It’s an immediate upgrade with nominal downside.

    Worst that could happen is you’ll still be looking for another QB next year.

    Best that could happen is you add another reclamation to the long list of players that floundered elsewhere only to ‘find’ themselves and achieve glory with the Raids.

    And the Raids would actually have a chance to go deep into the playoffs and win another Lombardi.

    Don’t let the JaMoron debacle discourage you Al.

    VY is actually salvagable.

    In all honesty, I’ll be very surprised if VY isn’t wearing Silver and Black this season.

    JaJason sucks.

  • YoungAmerican

    # DKnight007 Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 10:43 am

    9.YoungAmerican Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 10:07 am
    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Miami-TE-Richard-Gordon-visited-the-Raiders.html

    ^^^^^^^
    This should pretty much confirm that the Raiders will indeed be looking to add another talented TE to the roster to compete with Myers as the backup TE.

    Look for them to get Green, Cameron, Gordon or Hendricks from Wisconsin sometime in this upcoming draft.

    —————

    Housler and Thomas are options as well. But they’ll definitely be getting another pass-catching TE.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Don’t just look at the possibility of a TE as competition for Myers et al. Look at it as a potential replacement for ZMiller.

    ZM has been getting too many injuries of late which may slow him down. I believe he got a foot injury last year that was the same injury Gates sufferred. ZM was already slow. He doesn’t need to be any slower.

    The club is obviously looking ahead and mitigating its risks. Besides ZM is not under a longterm contract either.

  • Buckeyeraider

    HB @16,
    I agree completely. I hope the Raiders avoid Mallet at all costs. Even though he has the big arm that AD covets..and even if he slides to the 3rd and is onsidered a great value pick.

    I wasn’t really mpressed with the guy and his visit to Camp Gruden. At the risk of sounding kinda like Nolan Narwocki thought his “yes,sir” answer to everything Gruden said seemed kinda coached and contrived. Didn’t like his body language. He just didn’t seem like the kinda guy that a lockerroom full of grown men would follow as a leader, IMO. I though he came off as immature.

    In his defense, I thought he was fairly impressive at the board, diagramming plays. He didn’t sound like a dumbarse or anyting. He seemed to have a command of the offense and hot routes and checks, etc.

    However, then he goes outside to toss a few passes in shorts and t-shirts and acts like he’s dying. Out of breath and gasping for air. Complaining he can’t breathe and guzzling water. How out of shape is this guy?

    Way too many red flags w/Mallet, IMO. Rumors of drug use, immaturity issues. Could be the 2nd coming of Ryan Leaf. No thanks.

  • Plunketthead

    I just watched the entire Mallat interview and I take back what I said. He does not look like a sketchmonster.

    If I did not know better I would swear ESPN made him look bad in their one minute “ad”

  • The Blackhole

    Miller is now going to be PAID for sure, this agency probably has more than 200 million dollars worth of talent split into 3 players.

  • severeraiderz

    TerrapinRaider Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 10:42 am
    I don’t want to get into an irrelavent QB argument here but Kim Newton really isn’t that fast at all. I don’t recall Teabow running a 40 last year but I can’t imagine Kim being that much faster than he is. Likewise with arm strength. Kim’s arm really isn’t that strong either. Same with Teabow. What they both were, were running QBs who in college were bigger than their general competition.

    And if Denver is believed to still be interested in a QB obviously under the surface they don’t think Teabow can cut it in the NFL as a Starter.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Because there is no argument to be made. 40 times aside Cam is the faster player, i dont need a stopwatch to tell me that. In terms of arm strength Cam, has a very strong arm, not a Mallett or Jamarcus type arm but way above average and better than Tebow’s. He also has better mechanics than Tebow.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    VY handing it to DMAC and Bush, luring defenses up with his scrambling ability/threat to run, throwing the occasional bomb for a quick strike/long gain/TD when he’s not extending drives with his legs.

    Relieves pressure on the OL with his escapability/improvisational ability.

    And most of all…

    It gets JaJason off the field and on to the bench where he belongs.

    Pull the trigger, Al.

    JaJason sucks.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Tim Teabow/Cam Newton = Backups in this league

    All the same to be.

    On ZM, you mean to tell me no one noticed how much he slowed down and struggled late last year?

  • The Blackhole

    I saw Mallett on Gruden Camp and he seemed alright I think the media is twisting things around for you guys. Give me a link where he seems slow or like a meth addict.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Love watching Gruden interact with these young QB’s.

    Gruden to Mallet one second… ‘Nice ball ! Good, good good. ‘

    Next second… “What, is there helium in that ball ? Getting nervous ? ”

    Gruden QB camp is top notch TV.

  • severeraiderz

    Only reason i would consider taking VY over Kaepernick is because it would save a draft pick. Kaepernick is as good of a runner as VY and has a much better arm. Colin also has a super work ethic and is a team leader. VY was my favorite college player his lat 2 years a Texas and i hope being released and disgraced motivates him to change his attitude and work habits.

  • Buckeyeraider

    New post

  • Plunketthead

    ESPN played 2 or 3 minute? clips during last week as advertisement and I was sure he was a methhead. However during the full interview he came across very well

  • DKnight007

    TerrapinRaider Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 10:52 am
    Don’t just look at the possibility of a TE as competition for Myers et al. Look at it as a potential replacement for ZMiller.

    ^^^^^^
    I agree. The next TE can possibly be Millers replacement if necessary.

  • DKnight007

    30.RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 11:03 am
    Love watching Gruden interact with these young QB’s.

    Gruden to Mallet one second… ‘Nice ball ! Good, good good. ‘

    Next second… “What, is there helium in that ball ? Getting nervous ? ”

    Gruden QB camp is top notch TV.

    ^^^^^^^
    Yeah it’s good.

    I just don’t like his mental makeup or his footwork when he is in the pocket. He makes really bad decisions when he is blitzed up the middle and can’t improvise.

    He is a 3rd Rounder IMO, but some team will reach for him.

  • RaiderSam

    Yeah it’s good.

    I just don’t like his mental makeup or his footwork when he is in the pocket. He makes really bad decisions when he is blitzed up the middle and can’t improvise.
    ====================================================
    Yeah, especially since HE HASNT EVEN BEEN DRAFTED or taken a snap yet. *eyes roll*

    “thats why the play the games”
    -Chris Berman

  • RaiderSam

    # RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    April 23rd, 2011 at 10:56 am

    VY handing it to DMAC and Bush, luring defenses up with his scrambling ability/threat to run, throwing the occasional bomb for a quick strike/long gain/TD when he’s not extending drives with his legs.

    Relieves pressure on the OL with his escapability/improvisational ability.

    And most of all…

    It gets JaJason off the field and on to the bench where he belongs.

    Pull the trigger, Al.

    JaJason sucks.
    ==================================
    Pull what trigger? Did he or did he not say reminds me of Jim Plunkett

    was he the QB that won in San Diego for the first time in 8 years….or was it Gradkowski?

    i mean, really. Campbell is the starter, DEAL WITH IT.