Zach Miller, long considered the best offensive threat for the Raiders during our dark age, was originally slated to be just a restricted free agent, by the old Collective Bargaining Agreement.
However, when the new one was signed, Zach turned into a good free-agent option. Players around the league swapped jerseys, watching some make serious money while others apparently wanted to go and win a title.
For Zach, apparently the money came calling and an old friend apparently also came calling. Tom Cable would wine and dine Zach, and when Al Davis was unwilling to pay what he was worth...Zach Miller asked for his mail to be forwarded.
What strikes me as foolish, is Al's history with the Raiders. We've seen the likes of Dave Casper and Todd Christensen come along as tight ends....did he rob these guys too? Or was the "Cable factor" the final straw?
Oakland, in an effort to replace Zach, went out and picked up Kevin Boss, formerly from the Giants...but it'll be hard to fill those shoes.