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Retaining TE Miller won’t be so easy

Whenever the NFL owners and players reach agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, it won’t be long before the focus shifts toward free agency.

The Raiders have all but moved on from three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, regarded as the prime free agent in this year’s class. However, they still have a decent shot at bringing back tight end Zach Miller.

The Raiders thought they had Miller locked up for at least 2011 when they tendered him a one-year contract in March as a restricted free agent. Not so fast.

The new CBA makes four-year veterans such as Miller unrestricted free agents. The deal also enables the league’s 31 other teams to pursue unrestricted free agents during the 72-hour window in which the player’s former team has to negotiate.

In other words, Miller will be able to field offers from any team once free agency commences. Therefore, the Raiders need to be prepared to act, and act fast. Oh, and don’t forget to open the coffers.

Miller led the Raiders in receiving each of the past three seasons, and he is regarded as one of the top receiving tight ends in the league. It’s a certainty that the line of teams in pursuit of Miller will be a long one.

What the Raiders have going for them is the fact that Miller enjoys being a Raider. The other potential wild card is the addition of offensive coordinator Al Saunders, who has a long history of favoring the tight end in his offense.

Still, money talks, especially if another team offers considerably more than the Raiders.

Along those lines, the Raiders can sit back for a day or two, give Asomugha a chance to gauge his worth and, perhaps, jump in late if they deem Asomugha’s asking price within their budget.

The Raiders learned that they have about $6.5 million more in cap room under provisions in the new CBA that allow $3.5 million for performance-based pay and $3 million to be borrowed from future years.

Asomugha has said in the past how much he enjoys playing for the Raiders. We’re about to find out just how much. Raiders managing general partner Al Davis covets cornerbacks and is hesitant to part ways with first-round picks. He also finds a way to keep the players he really wants, even if it means overpaying.

Just the same, Davis said in January that $17 million is a lot of money to pay one player, when that could be used for two or more players.

The smart money says, Asomugha struck it rich the past three years and isn’t as consumed with finding the richest contract, but a team with which he feels as if he has the best chance to reach a Super Bowl.

Don’t underestimate the Charles Woodson factor, either. Asomugha and Woodson are close friends, and they speak often. Woodson blazed the trail that Asomugha travled the past eight seasons — develop into an elite player, struggle through several losing seasons, pocket tons of cash and then move on.

Asomugha seeing Woodson win a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers last season no doubt solidified Asomugha’s stance that he wants to play for a team that he thinks has a realistic shot at winning the Super Bowl. We’ll see if Asomugha thinks the Raiders fit the bill.

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  • J Hill

    How can you say that Seymour doesn’t know how to pay against a double team?

    The guy played most of his career against double teams in NE.

    Made the pro bowl playing against double teams last year in Oakland.

    His peers think he is a BEAST!

    I’ll agree with you that Kelly is what you say he is. But Seymour is about as good as it gets, imo.

  • J Hill

    2. Stopping the run, big runs do count…

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    Agreed!

    Our LBs need to be much better this year.

  • Thec07

    551.Bauce Rules Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 10:28 am
    Thec hey who knows?…..just sign him and have him in camp. You can already see he is a prototypical NT and in our scheme he would work….think of future dline Shaughnessy Sumner Houston Bryant. I like it

    +++++++++

    Agreed… Either Williams or Sumner would fit…Stopping the run would not be an issue…

  • Bauce Rules

    Im interested to see what Mike Waufle does to enchance Matt and Lamarr’s pass rushing skills…..last season we got 12 combined sacks. Is it out of the realm of reality to think they can improve to 18 plus combined?

  • Thec07

    Agreed!

    Our LBs need to be much better this year.

    +++++++++++

    Hope the youngster plays with instincts instead of reactionary….He did show flashes but at times appeared to be in quicksand…

  • Bauce Rules

    A’s up 2-0 early on Stankees! Yes! Fkin Eric Sogard reminds me of my 6th grade teacher lol

  • Thec07

    556.Bauce Rules Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 10:32 am
    Im interested to see what Mike Waufle does to enchance Matt and Lamarr’s pass rushing skills…..last season we got 12 combined sacks. Is it out of the realm of reality to think they can improve to 18 plus combined?

    ++++++++++

    I believe it is possible…With Nam21 gone teams willl be more likely to throw more…

  • Bauce Rules

    Seymour is a damn good player but beating double teams as a 4-3 NT when it comes to the run he is not. He was a 3-4 DE beforehand…..much different scheme

  • Here’s how Coach Davis’ can go about pushing the debt into next season:

    Darren McFadden:

    McFadden is due $7.055 million. So let’s say they take him down to the minimum salary. They’d have to give him roughly $7 million in a signing bonus for him to get the same amount in 2011. Extend that over seven years.

    Savings: $6 million

    Tommy Kelly:

    Kelley is on the books for just over a $7 million cap hit. Almost $2 million are from his signing bonus. His salary is $5.5 million. The Raiders could give him a $5 million bonus and a minimum salary to equal his 2011 number and combine that with the already $2 million bonus cap number.

    Savings: $3 million

    Richard Seymour:

    The Raiders just signed Seymour so this would seem a little odd, but all of his guaranteed money came in the form of salary, and comes with a $15 million salary for 2011. The Raiders could turn that into a signing bonus, sign him for seven years, and give him a minimum salary for 2011.

    Savings: $12 million

    Kamerion Wimbley:

    Wimbley is currently on the franchise tag. That has him on the hook for just over $11 million in 2011. The Raiders could give him a $14 million signing bonus and sign him to a seven year contract.

    Savings: $9 million

    That is $30 million in savings right there, and there other moves to be made.

    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2011/7/19/2282431/a-look-at-how-the-oakland-raiders-can-avoid-salary-cap-issues

  • Bauce Rules

    Teams still passed on us Thec with Aso lol….im not worried bout losing him. I think its best for us

  • Bauce Rules

    BigTed….thats an awesome link brutha! Al already is prolly prepared and ahead of the game

  • Bauce Rules

    Jhill and Thec….just wanna let yall know that you both are BOOTLICKERS

  • J Hill

    Good info Big Ted!

    When is the supp draft?

    When do we get an update on Bush and hs status as a FA?

  • Thec07

    562.Bauce Rules Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 10:38 am
    Teams still passed on us Thec with Aso lol….im not worried bout losing him. I think its best for us

    +++++++++

    I am not worried about him leaving either however, teams will test our DB’s more thus giving our dline the opportunity fir more sacks. So your number is not out of the realm of impossibility…Thats what I am saying…

  • Thec07

    564.Bauce Rules Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 10:42 am
    Jhill and Thec….just wanna let yall know that you both are BOOTLICKERS

    +++++++

    ROFLMAO….I heard that somewhere before…

  • Bauce Rules

    God here it goes….Stankees have scored and about to score some more…..damn my A’s stink

  • Thec07

    Oh yeah Bauce, MLK was boule he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha…

    Like you said if they have a “name” fuk em…

  • Thec07

    568.Bauce Rules Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 10:45 am
    God here it goes….Stankees have scored and about to score some more…..damn my A’s stink

    ++++++++++

    I love the A’s thats my team…72, 73 74 A’s best dynasty ever…

  • J Hill

    ….just wanna let yall know that you both are BOOTLICKERS

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    Don’t make me bust out the mama jokes!

  • Thec07

    C.C. Sabathia should have went to the A’s instead of the yankees…He should have stayed home…

  • Bauce Rules

    I got ya Thec…in my heart I believe having two bookend DEs make it okay that u dont have a shutdown cb. Pressure bust pipe and also make diamonds. I can see situations where a qb is scared throwing an errant pass and Ints happen and mm34 and Branch get free shots on WRs

  • Bauce Rules

    187 million? Thec I going to Stankees too….but like Dave Winfield I aint shaving my stache

  • Thec07

    574.Bauce Rules Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 10:51 am
    187 million? Thec I going to Stankees too….but like Dave Winfield I aint shaving my stache

    +++++++
    Wishful thinking on my part i know….

  • Thec07

    BigTed <——Raider Goon and capologist…

  • Bauce Rules

    Thec….in college we knew the Alpha cats were funnyle if you know what I mean. MLK is no different

  • Bauce Rules

    BigTed is the man

  • 504 Raider

    priesttj Says:
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:08 pm
    It was the worst Festival I’ve been to in years. The best act was Dwele and he was just OK. I spoke with Organizaers and I think I’m going to help with it next year since it was the first annual event. So we’ll see what happens.

    ————————————————————————————————————–

    Priesttj: How’s everyone doin out there?

    Crowd: Yeeaaahhhh, (whistles)

    Priesttj: This next act hails from Sac Town and is sure to make this a memorable day for us all. Give it up to my man, Emm Arr.

    Bauce (in the crowd): WTF!!!!!!!

  • Bauce Rules

    Thec…..the A’s have the last true dynasty in baseball……no small market team ever again will win 3 straight. Do historic eyebrow raising schit….thats why theem giant fans will never be on our level and to ca it off we beat their ass when it was on the line

  • Thec07

    Even Though Mr. Davis is in his 80’s I beleive he had this cap stuff allready dialed in even before the owners signed off. Would be interresting to know from his own mouth why he abstained from the deal…

  • Bauce Rules

    Lol 504…..oh man would I be like a kid in the candy store that day

  • Bauce Rules

    Thec u know why Al did that lol….old man aint caving in for schit. He refuses to conform and be like other owners. He has always been on his own and shall continue

  • Bauce Rules

    KURT SUZUKI LETTING ANOTHER MTHFKA STEAL SECOND BASE!

  • Bauce Rules

    Aw naw nevermind they called that a ball? Jeter went thru on check swing….fugg outta here!

  • Thec07

    577.Bauce Rules Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 10:54 am
    Thec….in college we knew the Alpha cats were funnyle if you know what I mean. MLK is no different
    ++++++++

    Not sure if you remeber me asking you if you were in a frat.

    MLK <——-Boule member, 5% controller of the the" so called" blacks…

  • The above restructuring scenarios only work if those players want to WIN – with the understanding that they’d be helping Coach Davis sign the rookies and some FAs. It really depends on if the players are in it to win it, or just for the money.

  • lefty12

    BigT-all those guys except Wimbley have cooperated in the past regarding restructuring contracts.See no reason why if asked again they won’t try and help.Dline isn’t our problem when it comes to stopping the run-our LBs are.Wimbley is great at getting after the QB but leaves a lot to be desired playing the run.Groves was almost nonexistent last year.

  • ohioraider

    Thec07 Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Even Though Mr. Davis is in his 80’s I beleive he had this cap stuff allready dialed in even before the owners signed off. Would be interresting to know from his own mouth why he abstained from the deal…
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    Because, Mr. Genius Speller, the Old Creeper is an idiot.

  • OnEyePirate

    I for one hope Miller retires as a raider, but if he is looking for top TE pay then Im not sure that coach davis has the funds. If he does sign somewhere else I think Action Jackson should look at playing Reece at TE. Picking up a top flight Fb will be cheeper and make the ground game better too. Then restructure DHB’s contract i would offer him 1million + bonus, or cut the cord that project is over. Next pick up a solid O linemen. one thing everyone is missing we only have 3 returning linemen under contract. You need at least 8( 5 to start and 3 backups). That’s just over one million per guy we need to finish out the roster. None of the top FA Oline guys are going to sign for that price, but you add in the 6.5 million we saved from DHB now we are in busness!