Raiders sign free agent TE Kevin Boss
Free agent tight end Kevin Boss signed a $16 million, four-year
contract with the Raiders on Friday.
The deal includes $8 million in guarantees.
Oakland had been looking for a tight end ever since Pro Bowler
Zach Miller spurned the team that drafted him and instead signed
with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday.
Boss, who caught 119 passes with 18 touchdowns in four seasons
with the New York Giants, gives the Raiders a 6-foot-6, 235-pound
downfield target. He also won a Super Bowl ring with New York in
his rookie season.
”He’s smooth,” said quarterback Jason Campbell, who played
against Boss’ Giants teams while Campbell was with the Washington
Redskins. ”He has a lot of experience. We understand he knows what
it takes to get to the next level, and what it’s going to take for
us to get to the next level this year.”
The Raiders brought in Boss for a workout Wednesday and signed
him after restructuring contracts to get under the salary cap. He
did not join the team at its training camp facilities on Friday but
coach Hue Jackson expects Boss to be on the field soon.
”I expect to get him here as soon as we can,” Jackson said.
”We’ve got work to do. There are quite a few things in our
offensive system that a young man needs to do and he showed those
characteristics on video tape.”
Miller led the Raiders in receptions each of the past three
seasons and was the team’s player rep during the labor dispute. He
expected to return to Oakland but was wooed to Seattle by former
Raiders coach Tom Cable, who is the Seahawks assistant head coach
and offensive line coach.
Boss had 35 catches for 531 yards and five touchdowns last
season for the Giants. He got his shot as a rookie in 2007 after
Jeremy Shockey got injured and helped the Giants win the Super
While Boss is the front-runner to replace Miller, the Raiders
have holdover Brandon Myers and Kevin Brock on the roster as well.
Jackson also lauded the efforts in practice of rookie tight ends
David Ausberry and Richard Gordon.
Ausberry, one of Oakland’s two seventh-round draft picks this
year, made the day’s best play in camp Friday when he hauled in a
deep throw from quarterback Trent Edwards, turning around backward
to catch the ball before falling to the turf and hitting his head
hard on the ground.
”Our young guys are just battling every day and they just keep
growing and getting better,” Jackson said. ”I think the sky’s the
limit at that position.”
Campbell injured his groin in practice Thursday but Jackson said
he was giving his quarterback a much-needed day off to rest his
”I’ve been making a lot of throws and everything so coach just
wanted to give me the opportunity to rest my arm since it’s been
kind of sore,” Campbell said. ”We just wanted to be smart and not
do anything crazy trying to overthrow. Just rest the shoulder for a
day and come back.”
Notes: WR Derrick Jones has been diagnosed with a torn Achilles
tendon he suffered in practice Thursday. … C Samson Satele took
reps with the first-team offense for part of practice. Jackson
previously declared Stefen Wisniewski the starter when the Raiders
drafted him in the second round this year but backed off. ”You
have to earn your way up here,” Jackson said. ”We’re not just
giving anybody anything.”