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Raiders will make offensive free agents top priority

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By Eli Kaberon

The Raiders face some serious questions when free agency begins. It is already assumed that they will let CB Nnamdi Asomugha, OG Robert Gallery and FS Michael Huff sign elsewhere, as those players' expected price tags don't match what the team is willing to offer. But what does Oakland do about a couple of its offensive playmakers, TE Zach Miller and RB Michael Bush? The way we hear it, the team will make Miller its top priority, hoping to lock up the 25-year-old Pro Bowler to a long-term deal after he led the team in receptions, yards and TD catches last season. Without a true No. 1 wide receiver, Miller will be a focal point of the Silver and Black attack again in 2011. Raiders management also would like to bring back Bush, although he might be looking for a starting job, something Oakland cannot offer. Bush has had multiple roles during his Raiders career, but he is best as a complement to Darren McFadden, the role the team would like to keep him in. Salary-cap space might be an issue, but if the Raiders can fit them in financially, expect new deals for Miller and Bush to be two of the moves the team makes as soon as the league year begins.

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