By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 3:05 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Kevin Boss, the tight end brought in to replace Zach Miller last August, will be released by the Raiders, the NFL Network reported Monday.
Boss signed a four-year, $16 million contract after Miller signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Boss missed the first two games of the season with a knee injury sustained against the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason and later had a concussion during the season.
In 14 games, with 11 starts, Boss caught 28 passes for 368 yards and three touchdowns, his lowest figures since his rookie season with the New York Giants.
Given that Miller left the Raiders and received a reported $17 million in guaranteed money, Boss, with reportedly $8 million guaranteed, seemed like a bargain.
The Raiders were still working Monday to get under the NFL salary cap, reportedly set at $120.6 million.
In other news, Oakland reportedly will not be the beneficiary of $1.6 million in cap relief because of a minor violation regarding salary structure in the uncapped season of 2010.
ESPN reported theWashington Redskins lost $36 million and Dallas $10 million because of major violations that included front-loading contracts during the uncapped season. That money would be allocated in terms of cap relief to the remaining teams except the Raiders and New Orleans Saints, who had unspecified violations.
The NFL confirmed irregularities in contract practices to a “small number’’ of teams but did not specify the infractions, the teams or the amount of money those teams were penalized.
There has been no movement to the Raiders with regard to linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, whose agent said there has been no contact with his client in recent days. Wimbley, should he be on the roster March 17, would be in line for $17.5 million in guaranteed money.
The Raiders would like Wimbley to accept a cut in pay, but will still owe him $6.5 million if he is released.
One linebacker who will return is Aaron Curry, who was due $5.75 million in the original deal he signed with the Seattle Seahawks as the No. 4 overall pick in the draft. Curry agreed to restructured deal, terms of which were unavailable, the club announced.
In other transactions, the Raiders confirmed tenders to restricted free agent defensive Desmond Bryant and fullback Marcel Reece, essentially tying both players to the Raiders. Exclusive rights free agents Mason Brodine (defensive end) and Bryan McCann (defensive back, return specialist) were also tendered.