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NFL Network: Raiders will release TE Boss

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.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Did he even throw 10 passes last year before he got hurt?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Kyle Boller than Matt Leinart???

    Is this our cruel punishment for some Raider “fans” railing on Bruce Gradkowski?

  • HayesDaze37

    Leinart plays “pretty well” for a few series or for a game…occasionally.

    This team needs a guy capable of stepping in and playing better than “pretty well.”

    Leinart has one of the weakest arms ever seen on a full-time (while it lasted) NFL starter. Let’s add a QB…but at least add one who can make the throws.

    Besides…Leinart’s a buffoon.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Crabdiva and Randy Moss together.

    Good luck with that one Alex.

  • John Jarndyce

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 12th, 2012 at 6:37 pm
    There is 100 guys better than Kyle Boller.

    Leinart may be one of them, but I would rather look at one of the other 99 or so guys.

    Dude blows
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    HayesDaze told me that you blow pretty good.

  • 303Raider

    Leonard is a Gay version of Boller.

    Get me David Gerrard or Shaun Hill , someone who has won in this league, Leinart is a Diva that hasn’t won jack in the NFL….

  • realtruraider

    I wouldn’t be happy about the moss signing if I was a 49er fan, not sure what there thinking

  • J Hill

    After the draft. They will take place in May and June altho no exact dates have been set yet.

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    Don’t the Raiders get an extra one since they hired a new HC?

  • John Jarndyce

    Aaron Curry ‏ @AaronCurry51 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    AL Davis was a mastermind!!!
    ++++++++++++
    Sometimes I think Curry is on crack, or just high on Jesus.

  • hwnrdr

    Whoa…I hope I misread that…No to Leinhert…or however you spell his name!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I don’t think Garrard can pass a physical.

  • hwnrdr

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 12th, 2012 at 6:49 pm
    Crabdiva and Randy Moss together.

    Good luck with that one Alex.

    And Vernon Davis! 3 Divas on one side of the ball…interesting what they’re doing over there…besides, Alex said he wants Brees/Manning/Brady type of money! I don’t know what is more interesting?

  • realtruraider

    Knapp wasn’t the fking OC for the Texans, fking bayarea beatwriters can’t seem to get this right, He was the QB coach.

  • realtruraider

    Aaron Curry ‏ @AaronCurry51 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    AL Davis was a mastermind!!!
    ——————————-

    Curry = Truthspeaker

  • edward teach

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 12th, 2012 at 6:49 pm
    Crabdiva and Randy Moss together.

    Good luck with that one Alex.

    ********************************************************

    Everyone thought that Braylon Edwards would be a stud there, and that he was a great addition. Not so much.

    I don’t doubt that he has something left in the tank, but does he fit?

  • Just Fire Baby

    LOL at Mistic1 thinking that Baron Davis should be playing ahead of Lin.

    I love Boom Dizzle from his Warriors days, but he is having a hard time playing with that giant fork sticking out of his back.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Randy Moss just signed with the NINERS

  • Chris in NY

    KoolKell Says:
    March 12th, 2012 at 5:48 pm
    Yards per pass attempt is merely pass yards divided by pass attempts. So we have a relatively weak statistic (0.31) divided by an even weaker one with a negative correlation with winning (-0.17). We would expect to have a fairly meaningless result, but we don’t. Passing efficiency turns out to be strongly correlated with winning (0.61). And unless having a lead in a game ‘causes’ a team’s passes to be more successful, we can safely say that passing efficiency leads to winning.

    Because sacks are an important factor in the passing game, I include plays that result in sacks as pass attempts for the purpose of calculating efficiency. Likewise, I also subtract sack yards from total passing yards. I call this true pass efficiency and have found it correlates better with both offensive points scored and wins.

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    Kell,
    Stats are useful, but can also be misleading. One of the most commonly misinterpreted stats is the correlation between rushing stats and victories. The reason for this is simple: when teams are in the lead they rush the ball alot. Simple as that. Ball control and killing the clock. Teams don’t necessarily win because they amass rushing yards. More often, they amass rushing yards because they’re winning.

    Bottom line with all these stats: Correlation does not prove causation.

    It’s a passing league for a reason my friend. And there’s a reason basically every team to win the Super Bowl and almost every team that has gotten to the Super Bowl in the last 10+ years has had an elite or at least top 10 QB.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Like usual Im late…..Kinda hard to keep up when your working

  • John Jarndyce

    Aaron Curry ‏ @AaronCurry51 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    #ALDAVIS prime example of Romans 12:2

  • John Jarndyce

    Romans 12:2

    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

  • John Jarndyce

    Jordan Ramirez ‏ @JRAM_91 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Any Raider fan laughing at the 49ers for signing Moss is a moron. Last time I checked the 49ers are really good. @VittorioTafur #trilltweet
    Retweeted by Vittorio Tafur

  • Just Fire Baby

    Romans 2:12

    All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law

  • Just Fire Baby

    Oops, I did 2:12 instead of 12:2

    Never was too good at this Jesus thing.

  • 38Cs

    Mon, Mar 12 – 8:55pm ET)

    League sources tell NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora that the Raiders will formally announce the release of OLB Kam Wimbley on Tuesday. Kevin Boss’ release actually hasn’t been formally announced yet. Per La Canfora, Boss and Wimbley’s releases will be announced together. Wimbley will hit the market as a 28-year-old pass rusher with 16 sacks over the past two seasons and versatility to fit both a 3-4 defense as a linebacker and a 4-3 scheme as a defensive end. Wimbley would be an awfully nice fallback plan for teams that miss out on top free agent pass rusher Mario Williams.

  • Chris in NY

    I’d rather have Henne or Brady Quinn as a backup over Leinart. Sounds like Henne might land somewhere he can push for a starting job in 2012. Honestly have heard more buzz about Henne than Campbell at this point.

    I’d take Leinart over Boller though.

  • Just Fire Baby

    This team will miss John Herrera more than Kevin Boss.

  • Raiders for life

    Trade a 4th rd pick for a 2nd rd pick?

    #########################

    I understand your logic with trading Ford, no disrespect intended but I just don’t see it happening. Fords upside outweighs the gamble. DHB is still somewhat of a question mark even though he put up pretty solid #’s last season. (I like DHB alot, hope the best for him) D.Moore looks like he might be the real deal. Then the Raiders have Murphy, Chaz, TJ and unproven PS Mcgee.
    #12 stays.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I like Ford, and wouldn’t be at all upset if he wasn’t traded.

    But The Reggie said he wanted draft picks. To do so, he will have to trade a player on the roster.

    To get value for a player, they have to be good, and cheap. The only guys that really fit that mold would be Houston, Veldheer, Moore, Ford and maybe Wiz 2.0.

    Out of all those guys, I would rather trade Jacoby.

    We shall see.

  • Dakota

    Kevin boss played for the raiders last year? Who knew?

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  • edward teach

    According to CSNChicago, the Bears are interested in Campbell as a backup.

    Mistic will love that.

  • Chris in NY

    Wimbley will be the No. 2 pass rusher on the market behind Mario Williams and get signed to a deal in the $7-8 million per year range.

    Seems like the Raiders wanted to keep him, but the price was a bit too high. Wimbley will make more for himself and his family though by refusing to take a cut and hit the open market. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him go to a division rival as well. Would give KC a dangerous bookend to Hali. Was Romeo in Cleveland when Wimbley arrived there?

  • 303Raider

    Raiders need a
    proven Vet WR that can “catch” the ball on 3rd downs and stay healthy…..

  • Just Fire Baby

    get signed to a deal in the $7-8 million per year range.

    ******************

    I don’t think it will be quite that high.

    I am thinking along the lines of 4 years 22 million, 13 or so guaranteed.

  • The Professor
  • Chris in NY

    Why trade a talented and inexpensive young player like Ford for a roll of the dice in the draft? Makes absolutely no sense and I hope and expect McKenzie would never do anything that ill-advised.

    I bet if you looked back a the 2010 draft and did a re-draft Ford would probably be gone in Round 1. So why would you trade him for a draft pick that has far less than a 50% chance of panning out at all and far less of a chance of being as good a player as Ford.

  • Chris in NY

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 12th, 2012 at 7:19 pm
    get signed to a deal in the $7-8 million per year range.

    ******************

    I don’t think it will be quite that high.

    I am thinking along the lines of 4 years 22 million, 13 or so guaranteed.

    ——————————-

    We’ll see, but I’m pretty confident about this. Pass rushers are in high demand and many scouts and statistical services that look at things beyond just sack totals say Wimbley is a top tier pass rusher. Good guy. Still young. He’ll get $7-8 mil per year counting in signing bonus and all.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Why trade a talented and inexpensive young player like Ford for a roll of the dice in the draft?

    ***********************

    Because he is our #3 WR, and the new draft pick could be our new starting OLB.

  • edward teach

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 12th, 2012 at 7:29 pm
    Why trade a talented and inexpensive young player like Ford for a roll of the dice in the draft?

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    Because he is our #3 WR, and the new draft pick could be our new starting OLB.

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    I suppose you could call your #3 WR a starter, considering all the 3-wide sets.

    Does that change anyone’s perception?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I bet if you looked back a the 2010 draft and did a re-draft Ford would probably be gone in Round 1.

    ****************************

    Not sure about that, probably the late 2nd round.

    I count 13 Pro Bowlers drafted ahead of him, and 4 after him. WR’s like Dez Bryant, Demarius Thomas, Mike Williams, and Eric Decker would all still probably be drafted ahead of him (again).

  • J Hill

    DiAntonio is the same idiot loser coach he was in Phoenix.

    How the heck he is not posting up his best player against that scrub dude guarding him?

    Lin and Fields instead of Anthony and Stoudemire????

    Makes ZERO sense.

  • Dakota

    In a pass happy NFL the #3 wr is pretty important. No way in hell we trade ford.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jacoby Ford has 7 total TD’s to 6 fumbles, and averages less than 2 catches a game so far.

    He is dynamic, and again not dying to see him go, but let’s not act like he is some world-beater.

    He also wimped out at the end of the season, than tweeted about going out partying the night before the biggest Raider game in 10 years, than proceeded to cap our season off by running a poor route that ended with a pick.

  • J Hill

    Carmelo just took his 2nd shot of the 4th qtr????

    LMFAO!

    What happened to Jeremy Lin?????

  • Just Fire Baby

    Well, now he has about 5 shots in the 4th quarter.

  • OU812IC

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    March 12th, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    Jacoby Ford has 7 total TD’s to 6 fumbles, and averages less than 2 catches a game so far.

    He is dynamic, and again not dying to see him go, but let’s not act like he is some world-beater.

    He also wimped out at the end of the season, than tweeted about going out partying the night before the biggest Raider game in 10 years, than proceeded to cap our season off by running a poor route that ended with a pick.
    —————————-
    He tweeted about going out because the viagra was kickin in and he wanted all the ladies to know his game was on. But he shouldn’t have done it on game night, no way. But viagra is a helluva drug.

  • J Hill

    Ok, so if we are not packaging Ford, who do we trade to get into the 2nd rd?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    J Hill Says:
    March 12th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Ok, so if we are not packaging Ford, who do we trade to get into the 2nd rd?

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    In the right scheme, TK might have that kind of value. If we’re going 3-4, there’d be no spot for him anyway.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    So Wimbley looks to be on his way out the door. So Routt and Wimbley have been put on the road.

    Outstanding….build a team with playmakers that actually make plays….7 sacks all year with 4 in one game against a 3rd string backup….keep it movin

    Huff restructured, which is good….and it looks like TK is going to survive.

    Wimbley and Routt being released will free a lot of cap room next year…and allows the Raiders to upgrade both of the positions with younger players hungry to make a play