By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 at 10:54 am in Oakland Raiders.
For what it’s worth, and it should count as plenty given he is employed by the Raiders, Greg Papa said on a radio show this morning that he thinks tight end Zach Miller isn’t going anywhere and that the re-signing might be announced today.
Papa threw out his take on the situation on a 95.7-FM show that he co-hosts. When you’re the play-by-play announcer for the Raiders, you can bet Papa isn’t just throwing in his 2 cents and that he is basing things on talks with Raiders personnel people and other Raiders employees.
Miller is an unrestricted free agent. He visited the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, where he got a chance to see former teammate Robert Gallery and former coach Tom Cable. Word from Seattle is that the Seahawks put on a strong push to get Miller signed.
One thing complicating the Miller re-signing is the Raiders salary-cap situation. They freed up considerable room Monday by restructuring the contract of linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, essentially shifting much of the cap liability from this year into future years, at a cost of an additional $17.7 million.
ESPN’s John Clayton reported Monday that the Raiders were $17.1 million over the cap before the Wimbley deal was redone. Therefore, the Raiders still have at least $7 million more to clear before they can re-sign Miller or other players. Teams have to be in compliance with the cap Thursday.
Another help are the provisions in the new collective bargaining agreement that allows teams to borrow $3 million from another year and as much as $3.5 million more to use in re-signing a veteran player.