One of the more recent cost saving cuts the Raiders made in the past couple days was that of tight end Kevin Boss. And no sooner was he deemed free to sign elsewhere as a free agent but he quickly was locked up by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Boss follows former and now current teammate Stanford Routt to Kansas City where he will have a shot at his former team twice a season. He signs a three year deal worth $9 million with the Chiefs just a season after he had signed a four year, $16 million deal with the Raiders. And while he is making a million less this season from the Chiefs, he will also enjoy $2 million from the Raiders.
He was the big free agent acquisition for the Raiders last offseason as the replacement for Zach Miller. He signed for $2 million less per season than Miller signed for when he moved on to the Seahawks. But in the end, even that was not enough for Boss to keep his job. He was injured early in the season and then underwhelmed with just 28 catches for 368 yards and 3 touchdowns.
With Jason Campbell behind center, Boss appeared to have a great shot at having a good season. But then Campbell went down for the season and Carson Palmer arrived. Then it seemed Boss was not a priority in the Raiders' offense.
Boss should fit better in the Chiefs offense as Matt Cassel is known more for utilizing his tight ends than Palmer. With the Chiefs, Boss will team up with promising young tight end Tony Moeaki as the Chiefs and their former New England Patriot GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel try yet again to duplicate the formula set forth by his former team and their successful tight end tandem of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
For the Raiders' sake, hopefully this is a futile attempt.
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