Raiders: What’s in the mix for TE Zach Miller?

Zach_Miller3Just recently, negotiations between tight end Zach Miller and the Oakland Raiders were on going to hammer out a deal that would keep him in Silver & Black.

Oakland’s most reliable target and first time Pro Bowl selection has shown interest in sticking around. He is the silver and black’s player representative for the NFLPA and a vital figure to an offense that gets little production from their wide receivers.

Prior to the 2010 season, Antonio Gates inked a lucrative 5-year $36 million contract with $20 million guaranteed. Vernon Davis last September signed a six-year $42.7 million deal with $23 million in guarantees. It will be interesting to see where Miller places himself within that group and how much Oakland compensates a tight end that improved his numbers the first three campaigns of his career with a shaky quarterback situation, listless offense and very few other productive targets around him.

Owen Daniels’ recent deal with the Houston Texans may be the benchmark contract. The five-year product out of Wisconsin was locked up with a four-year deal worth $22 million, with $14 million in guarantees the first two years.

Both have comparable statistics, but Miller may have the edge due to his superior blocking and durability, as Daniels has missed 19 games the last two campaigns.

Jerry McDonald compared both tight ends statistically, highlighting Miller’s production with one less year of service:

“Daniels has 245 catches for 2,972 yards, a 12.1 average and 17 touchdowns. Miller has 226 receptions, 2,712 yards, a 12.0 average and 12 touchdowns in one less season.”

Miller re-signing with Oakland may be the prime transaction for Hue Jackson’s offense.

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Contact Author: Victor Cotto – SB Report Columnist

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