As soon as this offseason began, the Raiders and Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller were busy trying to hammer out a long term deal to keep him in Oakland. That deal was never reached and instead the Raiders placed the highest level franchise tender in an attempt to keep him a Raider.
The way those negotiations went down must not have pleased Miller because he has dropped his former agent, Justin Shulman of Athletes First, and has signed with super agent Tom Condon and Ben Dogra of CAA.
Hearing that a player has changed agents when he was unable to get a deal done with a particular team is typically good news. It usually means that at some point in the process, the player thought the team was being reasonable and the agent was not. Or in other cases perhaps the player tested the market and realized that the best deal was with a team that had already made an offer but the agent had burned that bridge.
In this case, however, it is not the simple act of changing agents that sends out the loudest signals -- it's the agent to whom he switched. Just off the top, Tom Condon is known for driving up the price on his clients.
Then there is the fact that Condon and Dogra represent current Raiders Nnamdi Asomugha and Michael Huff. Asomugha got his monster deal two seasons ago and this offseason a clause in the contract voided the final year of that deal. He is now set for free agency and it looks as if the Raiders will not be able to afford the kind of contract he will command.
Huff is also a free agent to be and there have been whispers that the Raiders not re-signing him could be because of a little known clause in his contract as well.
So an extremely important piece of the Raiders team is now represented by an agent who has two immediate examples of players for whom he has written up big money contracts that included out clauses. And he is going to insist Miller get the same kind of contract... with someone.
There is no way this is a situation in which Miller just wants fair market value from the Raiders. He knows that Al Davis has never shied away from offering his players over market value. What this move says is that Miller wants record money or he wants out of Oakland, two aspects of contracts that Condon has put on Al Davis' desk in recent years. That is the service that Zach has signed on to receive.
im glad huff's contract is expired. never looked like the player is envisioned coming out of texas. i think aso will take the loss of money if it puts him in a better chance to win a ring. the man has plenty of cash, look at his car! his presence helps routt a ton cause they throw at him so much that its helping his game. can routt shut down fitzgerald and a. johnson like aso can? i seriously doubt it. if aso does leave, i hope bresnahan is dialing up some blitz packages to help out our secondary!
This article is laughable. You know what the out clause was in Huff's contract? It expired. Hahahaha
Huff wasn't released. The Raiders couldn't resign him because of a weird ass 30 percent rule by the NFL. Check it out http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2011/4/20/2123507/more-evidence-of-an-inevitable-michael-huff-raiders-divorce. Now he did have a negotiated clause concerning his re-signing and tender stating he would receive a ten percent raise if tendered.
And Aso's out is going to cost him money. He will not make as much money next year had his contract not been voided.
I don't know if Miller would leave if the Raiders offered him a contract of the same value of another team. I kinda think he would, but who knows. I also think you are foolish if you think he'll walk if the Raiders offer him more than anyone else, but not enough more.
Stop panicking, Zach isn't going anywhere. He's the guy we've been lacking at the position all of these years and we finally have him. Al Davis will pay the man and he will pay him like the top TE in the NFL which in my opinion is justifiable. Nobody in their right mind would give up a 1st and 3rd round pick for ANYBODY in today's NFL so it'll be a bidding war to keep Miller and it's a war that Al Davis will NOT lose. Miller is here to stay and retire.
great, more "good news" from our team! since the jackson firing all our news has been pretty much bad. besides from the resignings we did, the aso debacle and the murphy craziness and now this, we need to end this lockout soon so we can get to business. a week away from the draft and were in limbo with some key players. at least if the trades were allowed someone might anny up and give us a 1st and 3rd tender for miller, you never know!
I have said from the beginning that resigning Zach Miller and Robert Gallery would have been my biggest priorities in the offseason. Losing Gallery, in my opinion, was a colossal mistake, and if the Raider wind up losing Zach Miller, as it is now a very realistic possibilty, then our offense is going to take a major step backwards, especially if the Raiders do not sign a quality free agent wide receiver and draft a talented tight end.....
@Spartacus Losing Gallery wasn't a mistake. He was drafted as a left takle that never panned out. In addition to his injuries, I don't believe he was worth the 8mil a year he was asking for as a guard. Gallery should have been greatful Cable saved his football career. I really hate to lose Asomugha and Huff has not lived up to his draft status.