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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:20 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

The Lions will have a better record than them.  It's going to be a LONG season!!
The Lions will have a better record than a lot of teams. Detroit is building something.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:16 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

I've been a Seahawk fan since the beginning and I think this is going to be one of their worst seasons in a long time.  NO QB, NO RB, NO Offensive line to block for RB's.  Last in their division and could battle the Bungals for the #1 pick.  The Lions will have a better record than them.  It's going to be a LONG season!!

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:16 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

You're excited about Tav. Jackson? WOW

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:08 pm

Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

They've done nothing but overpay for each of those 3 players they picked up, and they think T-Jack is an NFL QB... that shows they (Pete) have no plan.  And they let go of their best LB?

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:50 pm

Report: Seahawks, Zach Miller reach agreement

As a Seahawks fan, I love the fact that the team looks to have a plan, and are gathering the right pieces to make that plan come to fruition.  They didn’t buckle under the public pressure to take a QB they didn’t love in the draft, or overpay for one in free agency, yet still brought one in at a bargain basement price (see Kevin Kolb).  They helped this new QB by grabbing his #1 target, and today (technically last night I suppose) came out of nowhere to snag the best free agent Tight End available. I don’t know how any true 12<sup>th</sup> Man member cannot be excited about the moves this team is making.

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