By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 1:13 pm in Oakland Raiders.
It’s only one of dozens of reports sure to surface as players and owners inch toward a collective bargaining agreement, but if ESPN’s Adam Schefter is correct (via PFT) Zach Miller and Michael Bush could be in for newfound riches.
Schefter is reporting unrestricted free agency could be restored to four years, as it was before the 2010 season.
That means Miller and Bush would be be on the open market and go to the highest bidder rather than be tied to the Raiders with the first- and third-round tenders which were given before the work stoppage.
It would likely mean a lot more to Miller than to Bush.
Even if both are UFAs, Raiders owner Al Davis is know for writing huge checks for players he wants to keep, and the tenders applied to each man were a tip-off they are valued by the organization.
Curious to see what Bush’s value would be on the open market, given that he has had some big games as the lead back in the absence of Darren McFadden but hasn’t carried the load for a protracted amount of time in any season. If a team were to give Bush a huge offer, the Raiders are extremely deep at running back with McFadden, rookie Taiwan Jones and veterans Rock Cartwright and Michael Bennett on the roster.