BY SPNW Staff 03:37PM 03/06/2015

Seahawks cut ties with veteran TE Zach Miller

In advance of the Tuesday start of the NFL’s free agency period, the Seahawks Friday made four roster moves. They terminated the contract of veteran TE Zach Miller, waived OT Garrett Scott and DT Jesse Williams, and signed defensive end Greg Scruggs to a one-year deal.

The jettisoning of Miller came as no surprise. Miller signed with Seattle in 2011 after four seasons with the Oakland Raiders and played in 48 games with 46 starts, recording 102 receptions for 1,092 yards and eight touchdowns. He was a key player in the team’s 2013 season that culminated in the Super Bowl triumph.

His 2014 season was cut short after three games and six catches for 76 yards due to an ankle injury, which required two surgeries. He ended the season on injured reserve. Miller is 29.

Scruggs was selected in the seventh round (232nd overall) of the 2012 draft. He spent 2013 on injured reserve and played in three games last season before landing on injured reserve. In three seasons, he has played in 15 games with eight tackles (six solo) and two sacks.

The Seahawks drafted Scott out of Marshall in the sixth round in 2014. He signed a rookie contract May 14 that year but was released the next day due to a rare heart condition. The Seahawks paid his $100,000 signing bonus.

Williams, an Australian who was an all-SEC player at Alabama, was a fifth-round draft choice in 2011. He spent the past two seasons on injured reserve with knee problems.

 


YourThoughts

  • 1coolguy

    What a shame about Miller – he is an excellent TE – catching, running routes and blocking – a real pro. Interesting to know whether this is a salary cap issue or whether his ankle is not responding. An interview with him would be a good thing.

    • rosetta_stoned

      Word is he failed the physical.

      • jafabian

        No way he would have passed it at this point in his rehab. I’m wondering if this is a move to clear cap room so the club can focus on other contracts, then bring back Miller at a lower pay scale. IIRC, this year’s draft isn’t TE heavy. Best free agents are Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron, IMHO.

  • PokeyPuffy

    agree, Miller was a dose of sanity for the Hawks. Would have made for an excellent target on that fateful second and goal…..

  • Big

    My favorite player. Go luck Mr. Miller. Hope to see ya back in a Hawk uniform.

    Failed physical because it is to early for complete rehab. May heal and return to the field. Where?