NFL Free Agency: Seattle Seahawks To Pry Away TE Zach Miller from Oakland?

Davis ZhaoCorrespondent IIAugust 1, 2011

DENVER - OCTOBER 24:  Tight end Zach Miller #80 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Having revamped the offense with big free agency splashes and re-signed many internal players, it was assumed that the Seahawks would happily conclude their off-season as a winner.

Of course, GM John Schneider, Pete Carroll, and the Seahawks had other plans.   

Monday afternoon, it was reported that free-agent tight end Zach Miller of the Oakland Raiders had made a visit to Seahawks headquarters in Renton, Washington.  

How quickly things can change in the NFL. Just a couple days ago, Miller was considered a virtual lock to return to Oakland.

From the report above by ESPN's AFC West blogger Bill Williamson, it seems Seattle is determined to get their hands on Miller:

I was on my way to Napa when I received a phone call from a league source saying that Miller was visiting the Seattle Seahawks and they are bent on keeping him there...

All indications are that the Seahawks plan on signing Miller. 

Williamson makes a big deal out of Paul Allen's checkbook, although it is true that Seattle has some cap room to spare. 

Obviously, this is exciting news for Seahawks fans. The fact that the front office works without tire to improve the team inspires confidence, and signing Miller would make them a team with some dangerous potential.

Carlson isn't bad and there may be other positions to address, but Miller is one of the top young tight ends in the game at age 25.  

While this could turn out as a leverage move by Zach Miller and his agent to force Oakland to give him a contract, Seattle has a great shot to land him. And with language like "bent on keeping him here," you have to think this is a player that has been on Carroll's radar for some time now.

As a write this, Miller is probably being courted by the Seahawks brass at dinner. As one of the best recruiters out there, Carroll is undoubtedly selling him on the familiarity factor with Tom Cable and Robert Gallery in the organization. 

But the Raiders won't give up without a fight. Having signed Kamerion Wimbley to a five-year, $48 million contract that actually saves cap space, Oakland is presumably readying for a bidding war with Seattle.

The signing of Miller could mean big things for the Seattle offense next year. My gut feeling is that a deal between he and the Seahawks will be made before Tuesday evening, but it's no sure thing.

For now, the exciting offseason continues with another improbable free agent looking like a possible Seahawk.