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What The CBA "Breakthrough" Means To The Oakland Raiders

In what's being referring to as a major breakthrough in negotiations the owners dropped their demand to right of first refusal, meaning 4 year players such as Zach Miller, and Michel bush will be unrestricted free agents when ever free agency opens for business.

In addition, the two sides appear to have agreed on a $120mil cap number for the upcoming season .

This means big changes in how Oakland's free agency strategy will play out . The chances of Asomugha returning were slim to begin with, but given the money guaranteed the contracts Oakland signed before the lockout, along  with a 120 mil cap number, most likely Miller becomes the team priority when free agency opens, and if able to get him signed on the free market, it will be at a number that probably leaves Oakland barely enough to finish rebuilding the offensive line.

So given the short time frame we will have for free agency and  the signing of draft picks the probability of renegotiating contracts to make cap room are slim. Meaning, of the free agents still unsigned it may be all we can do to keep Miller—leaving Asomugha, and Bush looking for work else where.

As a new CBA begins to take shape the ball does not seem to be bouncing Oakland's way . First with the ruling that Wimbley"s option was denied by the league, forcing Oakland to use the franchise tag on Wimbley instead of Miller , and now making Miller an unrestricted free agent. Possibly costing the team Asomughua , Bush , and in the end maybe even Miller .

So my guess is Oakland will go all in to sign Miller, and will have a difficult time being able to make a strong play for Asomugha, Bush, or Huff, and will severely impact our ability to land a veteran wideout  or top notch O linemen we are in such desperate need of.

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