Oakland Raiders Give Tight End Kevin Boss the Pink Slip

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Raiders are expected to give tight end Kevin Boss his walking papers, effectively releasing him after one lonely season with the team. By doing so, Oakland saves the $2 million roster bonus he would have received had he remained on the team through Thursday.

The significance of this move is threefold. One, it obviously clears up a bit of cap space, which Oakland desperately needs to do this offseason. The Raiders have done a serviceable job at whittling down that number, as they currently sit at a mere $640,000 below the cap limit, this according to NFLTradeRumors.com.

Every little bit helps in the NFL, where salary adjusting is an intense science. Boss became the latest victim of the number crunch, due in large part to point No. 2: his smallish performance last season.

In an effort to compensate for the loss of tight end Zach Miller to free agency last offseason, the Raiders signed Boss to a four-year, $16 million contract. He had played the previous four seasons with the New York Giants.

Sadly, Boss did not live up to the standards that Miller had set before him. A performance review of Boss shows that he hauled in a mere 28 passes for 368 yards and three touchdowns. He was simply not a significant part of then-coach Hue Jackson’s offensive scheme. And yet, it’s apparent that Boss is not the man for the job for new head coach Dennis Allen.

The third important revelation from the release of Boss is that the Raiders seemingly have confidence in the very inexperienced tight ends currently on their roster: 2011 draftees David Ausberry and Richard Gordon and 2009 draft pick Brandon Myers. Or do they?

Ausberry and Gordon saw very limited playing time as rookies, combining for three catches for 16 yards. Myers tallied a tiny 16 receptions for 151 yards. Myers is the most experienced of the trio, with 32 catches in 42 career games played...

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