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Raiders TE Miller in 'wait-and-see mode'

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

With a lockout threatening to delay the start of free agency, Raiders TE Zach Miller told PFW he's in "wait-and-see mode" when it comes to his future in Oakland. While reports indicate that the Raiders are likely to put the franchise tag on Miller, whose contract will expire at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 3, he told PFW that his agent and the team are still discussing a long-term deal.

"I guess (the tag is) an option," he said. "There's still talk about getting a deal done for me, as well."

His salary for 2011 would be $7.3 million under the tag, which would be a significant raise for Miller, who led the Raiders in receptions in each of the past three seasons. The deadline for using the tag is Feb. 23.

PFW asked Miller, who made his first Pro Bowl appearance after last season, how he would feel about being tagged.

"I look at it two ways," he said. "One way is: Why wasn't I extended sooner? I pretty much outplayed my rookie contract, so why didn't I have a done deal sooner? And then there's the uncertainty of the lockout and that sort of thing as the possible reason for it.

"You also have to look at the franchise tag. The money is a lot more than I've been making lately. I see both sides of it."

Miller said he would like to stay in Oakland, but he added that it doesn't mean he's not open to opportunities with other teams.

"I know, talking to Coach (Hue) Jackson, that they want me back bad," he said. "I know I'm wanted. It's just a matter of the financials, getting a deal done and working through that part of it on the business side."

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