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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: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:54 am

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

7M per year to a TE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it's crazy....

if al davis paid that figure to keep miller he would have been labeled as the same old guy who overpays players.....

the seahawks did it and they are genius.....


Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:48 am

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Chief fan begging for attention. You made the playoffs and dumped in your pants. Chiefs have done nothing in 40 years. Beat it under achievers... 

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:46 am

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

brutal. good signing for hawks. raiders just got worse. again.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:02 am

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

As a chiefs fan i can tell you first hand this guy is a beast waiting to explode and will def start over carlson. Miller has the potential to be a top 3 Te in the league just has played for a black hole of a franchise and offense. The Raiders lose another big piece and i cant wait to see them drop back to last place were they belong. Now a raider fan will tell you we sweeped the division and a chiefs fan will tell you we made the playoffs!

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:27 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

man I'm liking this offseason!  big year for the 12th man!  and good decisions by Carroll and co.  This is looking like a strong season hawksfans!

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:27 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Too bad. We would have loved you in New York Miller! Bleed blue.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:09 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Raiders let Miller walk with the hope of Ricky Dudley coming back.  Another long year for the black and silver.

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:57 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

As a Raiders fan, I hate to se Miller go...

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:42 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Here is the question. Does the QB make a team, or does the Team make a QB? Does the QB throw an accurate ball, or does the WR go after the ball? The Seahawks now have two big WR in Rice and Williams who will go after the ball. Rice with his hands, and Williams with body positioning (and soft hands). Two different types of recievers with different types of ball control. They will play at different levels of the field. Now throw in Miller and Carlson and an improved line with Forsett and Lynch to give the QB some breathing space? Throw in Obumanu or Tate, and there are plenty of mismatches to contend with. The QB won't even have to think. 
Carroll is building a team that can win at the Clink. (Century Link Field) The 12th Man will aid in defense. Carroll wants points on the board. Carroll wants sustained drives. There were too many 3 and outs last year. Ball control is the objective but, there is always a chance of a quick score and big plays. By bringing back Kelly Jennings, a small CB that has trouble covering large receivers, it is obvious tha Carrol wiil sacrifice the Defense in order to add Offensive fire power. That said, Jennings does look like he has bulked up a bit over the past year or two, and had some good plays last year, even though he did get pushed around some. I do not feel that this team is striving for an Andrew Luck pick. I feel the front office and Carroll are doing what it takes to become a winning team. Seattle, some times, is filled with sentimental owners and fans. We tend to keep and hold onto past favorites, even to the teams detriment. 
But now, the Seahawks are letting go. M. Hasselbeck. we wish you well. You had a great run at the end of last year, but C. Whitehurst gave you the chance by defeating the Rams. Tatupu, you were awesome in 2005-2008, but injuries in 2009 and 2010 were not overcomed. It will cost me a jersey this year. The first in 5 years.
I believe in Jackson and Bevell. I believe in Gallery, Miller, and Cable. I believe in Carroll. I think, what if about Whitehurst. What if this season Jackson or Whitehurst live up to the hype?   


Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:32 pm
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