The Oakland Raiders have now lost their top two free agents, as Nnamdi Asomugha signed with the Philadelphia Eagles (and never really considered returning to Oakland), and now Adam Schefter is reporting by proxy that tight end Zach Miller has reached an agreement with the Seattle Seahawks:
ESPN's John Clayton and Mike Sando are reporting former Raiders TE Zach Miller has reached an agreement with the Seahawks.
It's a tough loss for the Raiders (and a great signing by the Seahawks), who are now without their best defensive player and best offensive weapon in 2010. Miller was Jason Campbell's primary target last season, and has always been a productive pass-catcher, with 685 yards in 2010. That number doesn't seem all-that high, but with the state of the Raiders the past couple years, that kind of productivity will surely be missed.
The Raiders were doing their best to re-sign Miller, but after spending a day in Seattle, he made his decision to sign with Seattle. Oakland neglected to draft a significant pass-catching tight end in the draft, waiting until the sixth round to draft Richard Gordon. The team is expecting elevated play from the wide receivers in 2011, so it's not a complete loss. But a loss it remains.