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Miller tells how he became a Seahawk

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 at 4:10 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Based on a phone interview I had with Zach Miller, it sounds like the Raiders coaching staff and teammates were reaching out in a way owner Al Davis did not.

Bottom line is the Raiders took care of the unrestricted free agents Davis thought most important and showed them the (guaranteed) money _ Kamerion Wimbley ($29 million), Richard Seymour ($22.5 million) and Stanford Routt ($20 million). Miller got $17 millon guaranteed from Seattle, so it’s safe to assume Oakland was offering less.

Some of Miller’s thoughts:

–“Coach (Tom) Cable gave me a call Saturday morning and saw I wasn’t signed yet, kind of feeling the Raiders would have done it by then. He said, `We want you here and I’m going to make a push to get you here.’

“I took a visit, and my wife and I just loved it. I’m still kind of blown away about what an an amazing place it is and we feel it’s the best fit.”

– “Football’s a business and I know that first-hand. When I was going into the last year of my rookie deal I was hoping to get extended and get a long term contract and it didn’t happen. Then the season ended and was expecting a deal and it didn’t happen, either.

“Throughout the process I was expecting it and it just never happened. I thought I’d get an extension and it never materialized.”

In the end, it didn’t matter how many times Hue Jackson, tight ends coach Adam Henry or teammates called to tell Miller how much he was wanted. Davis simply was not going to pay a tight end the same kind of money he was for a pass rusher, an established potential Hall of Fame defensive tackle and a speedy cornerback.

And Miller and the two best hands in the organization are now in Seattle.

Here’s a link to my story currently running on the Web site

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  • HairyBush

    Off subject:
    Eagles sign Ronnie Brown.
    They are really going balls to the wall with free agent signings.
    I didn’t think things could get any better for them after they picked up Johnny Lee Higgins.

  • UCLA Raiders

    AD believes in moving up by pushing others down. The negative karma he has built up by doing so keeps biting the entire Raiders organization in the ars.
    AD has absolutely sucked w his GM ability in last decades. no need to prove this point anymore. It has become a fact now.
    Which GM moron wouldn’t lock up key players before contract expiration?
    AD pays Wimbley almost same money Patrick Willis is earning. WTF???
    Mismanagement 101. I’m embarrassed to have him as owner of my favorite team.

  • Demon Raider

    Rocky McIntosh still hasn’t been signed yet….

  • 707raiders

    I don’t care about Zach, 12 tds in 4 years, come on that is mediocre at best. Stop the RUn….

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com RAIDER

    lol. That’s all you’ve got, MB? Typical dumb ass Davis minion Raider fan. You don’t even have good come backs. Calling me out on a typo…lol. weak!

    You think that going from Nnamdi Asomugha to Stanford Routt is addition by subtraction.

    You think that going from Zach Miller to Brandon Myers is addition by subtraction.

    You think that going from one former player to another former player at assistant defensive quality control conditioning calisthenics instructor or whatever is addition by subtraction.

    I’m telling you, in your case, A LOBOTOMY would be addition by subtraction! You’re the dumbest Raider fan homer I’ve ever seen in here.

  • http://www.tedhendricks.com/Ted_vs_Montana.jpg BigTed707

    Raider on Brethren…

    CODE BLACK 2011!

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    I would tell MR…BUT HE WILL GET WRONG IDEA ABOUT WHAT TO “SHINE”….and i dont get down like that

  • Demon Raider

    I agree with you UCLA

  • SilverNutSack

    I’ll tell you what… Al might be 82, but he still ain’t afraid to let it drop in front of anyone… For real, for real, we have a man running the show.. we gotta keep our heart alive and well.. I just pray his son is the principled man Mr Davis is… and hopefully he let it drop and flop like he owns the place as well.

  • BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011

    CODE BLACK 2011…..see ya Ted

  • Demon Raider

    707… The scores are lacking yes, but he had been our best receiver since we drafted him

  • Demon Raider

    I hope his son will be a better owner than the old man has been the last 20 or so years. Hire a GM and run the show WITH the GM.

  • Demon Raider

    Maybe making a play for Braylon?

  • devilr8er

    need to sign Boss and we’ll be ok, we dont have to make big fa splash. We are building from within, drafting great classes, taking care of our own, putting great coaches with a game plan in place, and making minor fa tweaks here and there. We will win the west.

  • devilr8er

    floyd> braylon

  • Demon Raider

    I’m not so sure anymore…..

  • dbaz09

    can’t downplay the magnitude of losing Miller. best TE in oakland since the casper-chester years. and how long did it take before we finally find him after watching guys flame-out like dudley and teyo johnson? and now we let him go? meanwhile a guy like DHB is getting PAID for doing nothing?… Al better have a contingency plan, otherwise he just chose routt and wimbley over nnamdi and zach.

  • Demon Raider

    They are about even to me

  • Demon Raider

    Cut dhb or restructure his contract

  • devilr8er

    the problem with braylon he would be caught up in a drive-by the first week in oakland, the guy has no brain

  • Demon Raider

    How much was Huff re-signed for?

  • Demon Raider

    True, Braylon isn’t very bright…..

  • Demon Raider

    Why haven’t we cut Carlisle yet?

  • Demon Raider

    I mean, seriously. Why is he still out there sucking?

  • Demon Raider

    I wouldn’t mind signing Waters or Davis to a one-year deal…

  • elboocho

    See ya!!!! Miller was overrated, great hands and that was it. Route running was sloppy and one of the slowest TE in the league, and do not get me started with his blocking. Probably the worst in the league, which is why I believe big Al did not keep him. GREAT move on his part. Hopefully he signs Boss and we get the traditional TE we have been lacking.

  • RationalRaiderfan83

    Man Davis’s Kool-Aid must be good, because there are a whole lot of people drinking it up. 2 days ago a lot of these same people were saying how great Miller is and how he’s potentially one of the top 5 TE’s. Now he’s a bad pass blocker, and a fragile player? I know I won’t get an honest answer, but if Davis would have traded Boss for Miller straight up last year, would you think that was a good deal? Not one scout, or GM worth their spit would take that deal. So don’t say that we’re getting an upgrade with Boss (if we sign him) And everyone jumping on the Ausberry train, dude’s a 7th round pick!!! He might not even make the team! Wise up ya’ll, we’re not better for this move…we’re not doomed from it, but definitely not better.

  • CDERaider

    Miller was offered a contract last night and didn’t want it. He was good, but not great, and def not worth $34 mil. Its a loss, def, but not the end of the world. Meyers is decent and can step in now. FA is not over yet and once Zach gets another concussion, he’ll be on IR anyway. And who knows about the 2 rooks and Boss is still out there so we have options. Stop panicking, Millers is not Gates.. And btw, DMac is the best offensive player we have by a mile, not Miller so stop saying we lost best O and D players.

    We’re not better from the FA losses, but we’re not necessarily worse either without seeing who steps in. BTW, loved the Wimbley signing – he got paid for sure but he was an absolute monster and is going to be for years to come.

    Go RAIDERS!

  • elboocho

    Not me, I was calling for him to get traded along time ago. Boss might not be an upgrade in terms of his hands, but he is just as fast and a far superior blocker both in the run and pass game.

  • dvrick

    You wouldn’t be talking bad about these guys if your owner was smart enough to keep them.The league ought to do to him the same as the Dodgers.

  • dvrick

    The Raiders are toast,heck even your own papers say that.McFadden will revert back to his old self.Campbells Soup will be throwing the ball to his self and if Jackson is so bad why did Rice follow him to SEATTLE?Al Davis doesn’t know football.Fired the best coach you’ve had in years and lets his good players leave without an offer!!!!! GO SEAHAWKS!!!

  • ohioraider

    45.jmcclain Says:
    August 2nd, 2011 at 4:32 pm
    WHO FUGGING CARES. I honestly though want to no and here what al is up to what his mind set is. Is he running this team is he making choices for this team. What honestly can a 80 yr old man do are think does he think. Does anyone no where the he!! Davis is someone anyone.
    ————————————————
    Literacy check please for this blog.

  • dvrick

    Your best bet now is to make the SEAHAWKS your new team and hope PAUL ALLEN OR BILL GATES buys the RAIDERS and moves them to PORTLAND so you don’t have to watch them regress like AL DAVIS.

  • FarEastRaider

    Miller could’ve stayed if he wanted but he didn’t so TO HELL WITH HIM!

    And to all you cry baby fake ass Raider fans, grow a pair and man up! Or go be a 9er fan, you whiners…we don’t need you here! And to hell with you trolling SeaChicken fans too!

  • dvrick

    RAIDERS couldn’t even carry 9ers water buckets Ha HA Ha!

  • dvrick

    McFadden wants out now too just heard it. LMAO

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