The Raiders have reached an agreement with tight end Kevin Boss on a 4-year, $16 million contract. He will replace Pro Bowl tight end Zach Miller whom the Raiders lost recently when he signed with the Seahawks.
Boss was an absolute necessity as the Raiders were not prepared to lose Miller. They had just one tight end, Brandon Myers, who had ever caught a pass in the NFL. Myers has never been known as a pass catching tight end. He has been the blocking tight end while Miller was out making all the catches.
Miller signed on in Seattle for $6 million a season so Boss does come much cheaper.
The Super Bowl winning tight end was very enthusiastic about joining the Raiders as I reported yesterday and was giving the team every opportunity to sign him. Despite the Giants making a last minute push to retain his services, Boss gave the Raiders a couple of days to restructure some contracts and get under the salary cap to allow room for him.
He played four seasons in New York and was the starting tight end when the team won the Super Bowl versus the New England Patriots. He had nearly 1500 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns over his last three seasons. Raiders defensive line coach Mike Waufle was also part of that team and the two are familiar with each other.
Boss is an immediate upgrade to a tight end corps that consisted of Myers, practice squad player Kevin Brock, and rookies Richard Gordon and David Ausberry. Gordon and Ausberry have surprised in camp thus far but they don't have the experience the team needs to feel comfortable leaving the starting job in either of their hands.
Boss should be arriving at training camp today though he may not practice until Saturday. He will give a press conference today as most newly signed players do. I will be there to report on how he looks as well as get comments from him.
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Great signing. Hope he can make us move on from Miller- and I think he will. The Giants aint no passing team either and he's put up better numbers. Had to post this link:
probably the best news we got here since the lockout ended! we know he can block coming from that giants system. wish we could have got gaither (healthy) and i would be pleased with what we have. that kid moore is gonna be a good receiver, he is probably better than bey, just not faster. schillens(healthy), murphy(stud with an attitude, perfect raider), ford aka t.d. waiting to happen and that moore kid gives us a nice wr group. still need a another o-lineman, leonard davis perhaps and we should be off and running. on paper we all say we dont have a legitimate 1 wr, but one of the aforementioned will have to step up and become that. the steelers receivers aren't great either, but they get better than average qb play and thats what jason is gonna have to do, but he needs help up front and we need our best and most dangerous weapon on the field and healthy, and thats of course dmac. the next news we need is bush signing his tender and getting in camp.
Great addition. Boss is bigger, a little faster and probably stronger than Miller. I think that make his potential upside higher. Especially with Al Saunders O. Zach is a top ten TE. But he's as good as he is going to get in my opinion. I can't see much more room for improvement in his game. I don't expect Boss to be Gates, but similar play/production to Witten is not out of the question once he's acclimated. Maybe not 100 catches, but 50-60 with last years 15 yac would be great. On another note, is there a better last name out there to put on the back of a Raider jersey. Let me know. I might just have to get his jersey just for that. This to me, is a marriage made in heaven. I just dropped Zach Miller from one of my leagues and added the Big Boss Man (Growing up I was a huge WWF fan. RIP Macho Man). My starter is J. Finley though, he's a beast waiting to breakout as the next great TE. Huge match-up problem. Hope Boss is too.