Boone was released by Kansas City on Tuesday, and has also drawn interest from Carolina and his former team Chicago, according to a league source. The Raiders, however, are the favorite to sign the nine-year pro.
He signed a $7.2 million, four-year contract to join the Chiefs in 2007, and appeared in 15 games last season making four starts. In their switch to the 3-4 defense, the Chiefs were using Boone at left end but after first-round draft pick Tyson Jackson reported to camp, Boone soon dropped on the depth chart. Although he can play anywhere on the line, he’s best at tackle.
The Bears offered a contract to Boone in 2007 before he left in free agency but were willing to pay him only the minimum. They took a hit at tackle when Dusty Dvoracek was lost for the season to a knee injury in Week 2 of preseason. The Panthers have been seeking a replacement for starter Maake Kemoeatu, who suffered a torn right Achilles tendon on the first practice of training camp. Carolina traded with Cleveland to acquire tackle Louis Leonard for an undisclosed draft pick on Tuesday.
With the Raiders' last preseason game occurring at the same time as this potential signing, the Raiders will be going entirely on reputation and past performance if Boone makes the final roster. The news should affect Terdell Sands, William Joseph, and Desmond Bryant, who may all be fighting for the same roster spot at this point. Bryant would seem to have the upper hand at this point.
At least the Raiders are attempting to do something about their areas of weakness. Look for the Raiders to comb the waiver wire for backup OL, CB, and possibly a WR. I've heard Sinorice Moss may be done with the Giants, he'd be an upgrade over Nick Miller.
KFFL is also reporting that the Raiders are bringing in C/G Sean Mahan for a workout today. Mahan was released by the Bucaneers yesterday, and they signed OL Marcus Johnson. It appears as though the Raiders are still looking for an upgrade for backup C/G over Wade and Morris.