By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 at 8:40 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Must be the position. Kevin Boss was not a priority for the New York Giants in the same way that Zach Miller was not a priority for the Raiders.
Boss is currently the best free agent tight end on the market. It makes sense that the Raiders, having already cleared salary cap space with the Kamerion Wimbley deal, would be interested in Boss.
At 6-foot-6, 253 pounds, Boss would be more than a consolation prize. He’s been a productive, physical player who has 16 touchdowns in the past three seasons _ four more than Miller has in four. Last season, Boss had 35 catches for 531 yards and a 15.2 average and five scores.
A Western Oregon product, Boss, talking with Rich Gannon on SiriusXM radio, was asked on July 26 about the possibility of joining the Raiders.
“I would be surprised if they didn’t re-sign Zach,” Boss said. “He’s been one of their best offensive weapons since he’s been there. But they definitely like to use the tight end. Zach’s put up some great numbers there so that would definitely be a place I would look at.”
Unconfirmed reports have the Raiders stocking up on offensive linemen _ tackle Stephon Heyer (Washington Redskins), guard Justin Smiley (Jacksonville Jaguars) and tackle Seth Wand (Florida Tuskers).
Heyer said on his Facebook page he’d signed with the Raiders. Smiley has 78 starts in 88 games with the 49ers, Dolphins and Jaguars. Wand played with the Raiders in 2007 and 2008 but played in only one game.