New Orleans Saints: Raiders TE Zach Miller Could Replace David Thomas

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Zach Miller Making the Catch (source ffreport.com)

According to the latest polls, the No. 1 tight end to hit the free agent market this off season will be Zach Miller of Oakland, even though Saints tight end David Thomas is a solid play maker at that position and surely will garner interest from teams lookig to add a pass catching tight end.

Miller has been the best offensive weapon in the passing game for Oakland over the last two seasons. While Oakland hasn’t done much as far as wins go during that time span, Miller has more than earned the respect of his opponents.

He’s not just a great route running receiver either; Miller’s not afraid to get down and dirty, as an in-line blocker also.

The Saints have great talent at the tight end position with second year player Jimmy Graham, who inherited the starting role after having a great rookie season. Graham played so well he made starting tight end Jeremy Shockey expendable.

The Saints will either look to resign back-up tight end David Thomas, who is a unrestricted free agent, but if he decides to test the market instead, the Saints will be looking to bring in another tight end to play the role as mentor to Jimmy Graham.

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  • http://www.hero-farm.com Shaun

    I’m not quite sure how or why you think we couldn’t afford to
    resign a back-up tight and be able to afford the #1 free agent tight end. If anything, Miller will command a price much higer than anything we’d be willing to pay. Thomas, although solid, will not be offered anything near Miller. If Thomas does leave for a true starting role or for more money, we will sign another TE of his caliber, but not Millers. It all comes down to $$$ and we are spread too far at other positions, especially with Drew’s big contract coming up after this season. Thomas will be back.

    • http://whodatdish.com Paul Campbell

      I hope your right Shaun,that we are able to retain Thomas, if you look at Thomas’s numbers since he has been with the Saints, he has averaged around 35 receptions a year, thats around the number of receptions for most starting tight ends in this league, unless we ae are speaking about someone like a Tony Gonzalas or Zach Miller. A lot of the players we have to resign this year have already been offered contract tenders from the Saints. But in reality only a few are players that we need to really try and resign. I think if someone like Miller is avaiable, having 2 starting TE’s is a good thing that the Saints would welcome, remember Graham is only playing his second year and first as a starter, like you though, i hope the Saints retain Thomas as well. GEAUX SAINTS….