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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: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:04 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

This is a solid pick up by the Seahawks. I still don't understand why the Raiders let him go, he was, in my opinion an underrated TE in the AFC. He always gave the Chargers fits when making a clutch catch, kinda like his namesake,Heath who plays for Pittsburgh. Always can be counted on. Good deal, Seattle.

Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:59 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

I bet Matt Hasselback is piiiiiiised.

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:57 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

"he'll team up with another young tight end with unlimited potential"

Wow, throwing the superlatives around pretty loosley there aren't we? Combine their stats together from last year and you would have a solid fantasy tight end I guess. "Unlimited potential", what exactly is that?... and how is that possible?

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:26 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Anthony Gates? Is your QB Allan Rodgers?

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:17 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Go Seahawks, Tavaris jackson is nowhere near the QB that Campbell is.
Look at the stats Campbell putu p in his time in DC and keep in mind that those awesome stats came with a different offensive Coordinator every year for 5 years.
Now contrast that with the stats Jackson put up in Minnesota with very little change at all and they pale in comparison.
Jason Campbell doesn't lock in on receivers like Jackson does hence his high INT. #'s, he doesn't have nearly as strong an arm and doesn't read defenses anywhere near as well as Jason Campbell does.
Campbell was the reason that the Raiders won the games they did last season, the same cannot be said for Jackson in Minnesota.
Even before Favre joined the Vikes and Jackson was there as a QB you can't point to a game that he won for the Vikes.
Now I say all this not as a raider fan, actually I'm a Pats fan and have been since the days of Jim Plunkett, I say all this also as a football fan and what I see as a fan base in Seattle that is drinking the Kool Aid and deluding themselves that Tavaris Jackson is much more than he seems.
Just so you know too Carlson is not a free agent this year, he's signed through next season at $620,000 in salary so you saying that the 'hawks wouldn't sign him is inaccurate as he is already signed.
Oh and as for your assertion of "we weren't going to contend for the SB this year", yeah, nothing like giving up on the season before it even starts eh? Yeah, some fan you are.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:06 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

If you couldn't draft a star number one tight end like Anthony Gates, Dallas Clark, etc., then Zach Miller would always be around in the free angency pool to pick up and drop as needed, usually putting up pretty good numbers until you could trade for/find someone consistent.

Now that he's gone to the Seahawks it's hard to imagine him as anything but worthless..

As far as just the Seahawks and not fantasy, he is pretty underrated and was the Raiders entire offense almost in quite a few games.  If you give him the chance he could probably shine, but the Seahawks are.....

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:04 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Well, let's see...he's a pro-bowler only because Gates was hurt.  His 10th in TE yards is barely better than average, and he had the fortune of playing on one of the best running teams in the NFL.
Good blocker, not great.  Great guy, clutch in the end zone...but not elite.  600 yards and 5 TD's is easily replaceable. 

Those facts alone = bust in Seattle.  Worse QB, much worse running game, and a horrible Cable calling the offense.
Have fun win 4 games this year!  Oakland will win 9 and go to the playoffs.

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:55 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

Hard to go to a much worse situation than in Oakland for a TE but he succeeded wholeheartedly.  Tarvaris Jackson blows and there are about 5 mouths to feed the ball to.  His numbers will fall off a cliff.  He got paid though, enjoy the money Zach.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:47 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

This was a very good pick-up for the Seahawks because this gives Jackson another "security blanket" with Miller as well as Carlson. So,does this mean that the Seahawks will be running a lot of two TE sets? They're starting to solidify their offense with the recent additions of Rice and Miller to go along with Williams,Carlson,and Lynch.....Now if Jackson can get his QB skills on point,then his signing won't look bad,but if he can't....then his signing will be a total waste of money!

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:43 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

I have only one thing to say about former Raider Zach Miller signing with the Seahawks. Who is going to throw to him??? Tavaris Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst? Does it really matter, because until they have a decent QB, this looks like throwing away 34 million.

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