TE Miller not a hot commodity


Perhaps it’s because not many teams have a burning need to add a tight end. Maybe his asking price is too high, or teams are leery of his injury history. Whatever the reason, tight end Zach Miller has not been as hot a commodity on the free agent market despite his impressive resume in four seasons with the Raiders.

Someone from the Miller camp said he is surprised that there haven’t been many teams willing to offer him a huge contract. That person also said that he remains hopeful that once teams address more-pressing needs, that Miller will generate plenty of interest.

This comes as welcome news for the Raiders, of course., They want Miller back, by all accounts, and they need him back in their offense. He was their leading receiver each of the past three seasons and someone who takes pressure off everyone else because of his dependability and consistency.

The Raiders are working on a long-term deal with linebacker Kamerion Wimbley that would free up some much needed salary-cap room. Wimbley’s agent and the Raiders have exchanged figures, and they are tyring to finalize a deal that would get the Raiders out from under the $11.3 million cap liability that comes from the franchise tag offer that Wimbley signed.

Miller has heard from numerous Raiders, including quarterback Jason Campbell.

“Yeah, I text (free agents) and everything, let them know we need them and want them back,” Campbell said.

Without Miller, the Raiders are rather thin at tight end. Veteran Brandon Myers is the No. 1 tight end in Miller’s absence, but he has spent his entire career as a backup and special teams player. Rookies Richard Gordon and David Ausberry can’t be counted upon to fill Miller’s void anytime soon.

In the meantime, Miller sits and waits for an offer to come that rewards him with the kind of compensation commensurate with his play the past four seasons. Don’t be surprised if the best offer winds up coming from the Raiders.


Steve Corkran

  • 89052RAIDER

    I am also of the mind that Chaz makes us proud this year…Ford and mcfadden are going to continue where they left off which gives us the explosiveness that had been absent in prior years. I would rather see few moves in FA that are likely to produce..

  • 89052RAIDER Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    Why is anyone’s sucker in the dirt? This front seven can be stout against the run. We have not had a crew like this in years. Wimbley was a steal last year and we have young guys ready explode.

    Very true sir very true. We also have a budding O line and WR core, our secondary is still in pretty good shape, we just need a real NFL starting QB. I don’t see JC winning a SB.

  • TerrapinRaider

    When is practice today? And isn’t this suppose to be padded session?

  • 89052RAIDER

    Something that is new this year is we have several players other teams would covet:
    Ford, Mcfadden, Wimbley, Mcclain, Veldeer, Bush, MS, Seymour, etc. I remember the years when seasons in the past 8 years with roster that so few players that would have an impact elsewhere.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    There not allowed to where pads anymore. Well only the kind you find in the womens isle of the store.

  • Seymour Bush

    noteasilyimpressed Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Clayton: Gaither out; Barnes in for Raiders

    July, 30, 2011
    Jul 30


    PM ET


    By Bill Williamson

    ESPN’s John Clayton is reporting the Oakland Raiders have decided not to sign Baltimore tackle Jared Gaither. The team visited with him Friday and it was reported by multiple outlets that he agreed to terms.

    I’d say the very likely reason why Gaither was not signed was his injured back. He missed all of last season with a back injury. Friday night, Oakland coach Hue Jackson, who coached Gaither in Baltimore, said they wanted to make sure he was healthy.

    Instead, the Raiders agreed to a one-year deal to bring back Khalif Barnes. Clayton said Barnes is currently slated to start at right tackle. If third-round pick Joe Barksdale comes on strong, perhaps he’ll join Jared Veldheer as a starter.

    Barnes started three games for Oakland last season.

    I told you all we were not signing Gaither. Gaither was too lazy to pick up a pen and sign his name. maybe Barnes can start at TE instead of Zach. Gaither had 20% of the TD receptions zach had last year!

  • From the Bay 2 L.A. 2 Las Vegas

    Raiders signed QB Trent Edwards.
    Oakland is actually one of the better places Edwards could have ended up, as he should be given a real shot at unseating Kyle Boller as the Raiders’ backup quarterback. With Jason Campbell hardly having a vice-grip on the starting job, there’s a real possibility Edwards could see some playing time this season.

  • So, no Gaither and we pick up Trent Edwards. Now this is getting depressing.

  • Deja vu

    Barnes and T. Edwards are your 2 guys Al was talking about signing by letting Nnamdi go. Just joking fellas, these 2 guys are pocket change.

    I like Miller and hope he’s back for a fair price. His dueche bag agent needs to stop playing games and just get this done…

  • Kirk

    Good news….we have the best head coach we have had in a long time.

  • Kirk

    Trent Edwards is better than Boller.

  • plataynegro

    I like the Edwards deal, as long as he was cheap! Very accurate, check down type, that shouldn’t lose any games for us on his mistakes. Not a risk taker, but we can win with screens, slants, and hopefully underneath stuff to the TE (Miller!)

  • From the Bay 2 L.A. 2 Las Vegas

    BREAKING NEWS – Sensing they are close to a championship, LeBron James plans to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles by Monday.


    Arm strength, accuracy, intelligence, 6-4, and balls.

    Al, I think I’m with you on this one!


    *Trent Edwards

  • Teabag

    priesttj Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I think Zack would be wise to come back and protect his job here because I’m telling ya’ this kid Ausberry will take it. “A bird in the hand”



  • Teabag

    I’m tellin ya….this kid Assbery is gonna be the next Kellen Winslow…

  • ohioraider

    A.B. Paine III Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I can’t believe we lost Johnie Lee Higgins too. We are screwed.
    Wha????? What’s your point? Like this guy was gonna make a difference?

  • ohioraider

    You guys excited about the prospects of another 8-8 season??

  • ohioraider

    CaliRaider Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Just want to join the blog and say hi to everyone. Great blog keep up the good work Jer.
    Hope Al gets favre, he will be a great addition to the Raiders.
    You are emblematic of everything that’s moronic about this blog. Who could possibly care one way or the other? How would the signing of “favre” get us into the playoffs??

  • ohioraider

    Kirk Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Good news….we have the best head coach we have had in a long time.
    Oh yeah, not one game played yet and lets make an announcement like this.

    IQ on these posts going steadily down…

  • beach

    Al, Pay Zach Miller and Michael Bush. We can put up big numbers again and more consistently in 2011! Go Raiders!