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Raiders Lose Pro Bowl Tight End Miller To Seahawks

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Tight end Zach Miller #80 of the Oakland Raiders. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (CBS/AP) – Pete Carroll has grabbed the top pass-catching tight end on the free agent market, signing away a key member of the Oakland Raiders offense.

The Seahawks announced Tuesday afternoon they had reached agreement on a reported five-year deal with Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller. Terms of the deal were not announced by the team.

Earlier Tuesday, the Seahawks agreed to terms with defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson, who adds depth to Seattle’s defensive line as a potential rusher in passing situations.

The Miller signing reunites him with former Oakland coach Tom Cable, now Seattle’s offensive line coach, and with Miller coming off the two finest seasons of his pro career. Just 25 years old, Miller was a Pro Bowl selection last season after catching 60 passes and five touchdowns, but he was even better in 2009 when he caught 66 passes for 865 yards and three touchdowns.

Miller’s arrival could spell the end for John Carlson, heading into his final year under contract. Carlson played 15 of 16 games last season but caught a career-low 31 passes and had just one touchdown reception in the regular season. Carlson did catch a pair of touchdown passes in Seattle’s first-round playoff upset of New Orleans.

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