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Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:35 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 6:01 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's sometimes easy to get lost in the maelstrom that is Oakland Raiders football, but tight end Zach Miller was one of the most underrated players at his position during his four-year NFL career. And now he'll take his game some 800 miles north to Seattle where the Seahawks have reached an agreement with the former second-round pick out of Arizona State, the Associated Press is reporting.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweets that the deal is for five years, worth $34 million, and includes $17 million in guarantees.

Miller joins Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice as the newest faces on Seattle's offense, and he'll team up with another young tight end with unlimited potential: John Carlson who, because of injuries, changing schemes and quarterbacks, has seen his reception totals decline in each of his three NFL seasons.

On Monday before Miller had agreed to terms but after it was announced he was visiting Seattle,'s Mike Sando detailed the plan for Carlson and the Seahawks' tight ends in 2011: "[New offensive coordinator Darrell] Bevell is implementing an offense similar to the one Mike Holmgren ran in Seattle when Holmgren pushed the team to make Carlson a second-round draft choice. That angle still might come into play, but Carlson isn't the only receiving tight end the Seahawks are considering as they move through the early stages of training camp."

In terms of raw numbers, Miller has 226 career receptions for 2,712 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he hauled in 60 catches for 685 yards (5 TDs) in 2010. Carlson, meanwhile, has 137 receptions for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns, including 31 catches for 318 yards (1 TD) a season ago.

Miller will be reunited with Tom Cable, the new Seattle assistant head coach/offensive line and former Raiders head coach.

In other Seahawks personnel news (via the AP): Defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson has also signed with the team. He spent last season with New Orleans, but his best seasons came in 2008 and 2009 with Tampa Bay when he worked with new Seattle defensive line coach Todd Wash. Wilkerson started a career-high 15 games in 2009 and had career bests in tackles (46) and sacks (6). Wilkerson was the second defensive free agent to reach a deal with Seattle in as many days. The Seahawks brought back cornerback Kelly Jennings on Monday.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:11 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 7:19 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

I find out a substantial within just you !!! kudos

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:11 pm
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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 7:15 pm
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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 4:51 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Seahawks havent disapointed the nfc west isnt going to be the weakest this yr

Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:44 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

wrong team roebuck

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:07 am

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

But with who?  Aubrayo Franklin is gone, he was the best d-line left.  There aren't any good guards just sitting around.  The Raiders haven't done anything in free agency besides resign Kameron Wimbley, and while they did that all of the other teams in the league picked up all the good O and D linemen.  The only improvement the Raiders can make is to resign Michael Bush and hope him and McFadden can Barry Sanders their way through all of the rushers that the O-line won't be able to block.

Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:22 am

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

the raiders are done not because of miller aso and gallery departure.....the fired the coach that brought them back to the sunlight after a decade of darkness, the man who took a bunch of guy and formed a team, respected by everyone.
two top FA followed him to seattle for a reason.....
miller is very good but TEs are easy to replace.
the problem is the raiders haven't a starting guard right now, unless you condider loper and carlisle starters...., and c.johnson as starting CB !!!!!!!!
add jason campballess at "QB"....
the raiders are the run game and the dline, period.

miller's money must be used to fill the holes, IMO.

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:40 am

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Al Davis would've been seen as overpaying Miller for 7M a year, but it would have been accepted as necessary because the Raiders have NO ONE ELSE.  What, are you ready for the DARIUS HEYWARD-BEY ERA or something?  Ford just broke his hand too, the Raiders are DONE this year.  Haven't added anyone of note that wasn't on the team last year, and they're losing big players (Gallery, Asomugha, Miller) left and right.  Goodbye 8-8, hello 3-13!!

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:54 am

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Seven million to a tight end might seem expensive, but it's not so bad when you consider there will be a minimum cap in place through a lot of Miller's deal and the new rookie scale has saved teams a lot. Free agent deals have been high across the board this year. Seven million to a premiere tight end isn't really that much in this new league economy.

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