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Raiders release TE Boss

The Raiders made official what was reported the other day, that tight end Kevin Boss’ services no longer are desired in Oakland. Boss was released a few minutes ago, and he now is free to negotiate a contract with any team, including the Raiders.
The Raiders are rather thin at tight end without Boss, who was signed in response to Zach Miller bolting for the riches of free agency last July.
Second-year players David Ausberry and Richard Gordon, as well as veteran Brandon Myers, are the only tight ends on Oakland’s roster as of now.
In other news, running back Michael Bush and wide receiver Chaz Schilens reportedly are meeting with the Arizona Cardinals about the prospect of cashing in in free agency. Both are free agents that the Raiders opted against re-signing before free agency started almost three hours ago.
Also, former Raiders starting quarterback Jason Campbell supposedly is in negotiations with the Chicago Bears about being the backup to Jay Cutler.
Seems like a rather curious move, given Campbell said he views himself as a starter and won’t get that chance with the Bears as long as Cutler is healthy.
Campbell lost his starting job to Carson Palmer once he suffered a broken collarbone against the Chiefs midway through last season. His contract expired at season’s end, and the Raiders made no push to re-sign him.
The Raiders saved about $2.5 million with the release of Boss. That gives them about $3.1 million in cap room, which is plenty to sign a couple of decent players. They can free up more room, if needed, by releasing defensive tackle John Henderson ($4 million salary for 2012) and restructuring more contracts.

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  • JB

    Too bad he never really had a chance here. I thought he’d be a big weapon but Hue never gave him a chance. Good luck Bossman.

  • JLofty

    Yo!

  • jesusraiderjim

    2nd pretty good for a rookie

  • Raidernationdave

    Bye Kevin! Don’t let the door hit you in the **s!

  • JLofty

    Yeah too bad his checking account got all swoll up from that $6mil check he deposited. Lack of tight end use was frustrating all year. Not sure what that was all about…

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    I like Boss’ signing originally, but he didn’t a whole lot.

    Shrug. Next man up.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    *didn’t DO a whole lot.

  • http://rastaganja.com Corkys Boner

    Hwnrdr Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 3:50 pm
    Wait…did I also hear Deng and Noah to LA for Artest and Scola and Gasol to Houston?
    +++++++++=
    That’s some bs. I heard Bulls are trying to get Gasol.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    cya soup throw out of bounds in chicago and the wind may bring it back into play….

  • JB

    How much was JCampbell making? To me, it would be worth a few extra bucks to sign him as the BU-QB. If Oakland never tried to sign him I’d really like to know why? IMO, he’d be a very strong and competent BU-QB. Certainly better here than in Chicago.

  • JLofty

    Soup in Chicago!?!?! I thought the whole idea was he wanted to be a starter and that he was like the 20th best QB in the NFL. Heck, might as well stay in Oakland be Palmer’s bu. Carson’s at least as fragile as Cutler and even older!

  • raider till i die

    Nobody is taking world peace off our hands nobody is that dumb

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Campbell could get a starting job for whichever team loses out on the Peyton/Flynn sweepstakes.

    Only reason he goes to Chicago is he’s assuming Cutler blows up at some point.

  • http://rastaganja.com Corkys Boner

    RaiderDuck Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 4:01 pm
    I like Boss’ signing originally, but he didn’t a whole lot.

    Shrug. Next man up.
    +++++++++
    I blame Hue for that jive sh*t.

  • raider till i die

    Anyway I expected more from boss too oh well mckeinsy must know wat he’s doing this roster changes everyother day

  • http://rastaganja.com Corkys Boner

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 4:02 pm
    cya soup throw out of bounds in chicago and the wind may bring it back into play….
    +++++++++=
    Post of the day!

  • stevenTyler

    Ausberry to blow up next year…carson is already working out with him. Very athletic and could be a real weapon next year

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    raider till i die Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Anyway I expected more from boss too oh well mckeinsy must know wat he’s doing this roster changes everyother day

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    Don’t underestimate Palmer’s endorsement. If Palmer went to DA, Knapp and co. saying “Ausberry’s good for 4 or 5 receptions a game,” that might be enough right there to go with him.

  • LBRAIDERS

    Prior going to back up Palmer!!

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    LBRAIDERS Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Pryor going to back up Palmer!!

    ====================================

    More likely it’ll be Leinart, Henne or someone of that ilk.

  • stevenTyler

    The next few weeks are gonna be interesting. It will be our first glimpse at what reggie mac thinks is the RAIDERS biggest weakness is and how he fills those holes with 2nd tier free agents.

  • http://rastaganja.com Corkys Boner

    LBRAIDERS Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 4:07 pm
    Prior going to back up Palmer!!
    ——–
    Learn how to smell his name first retard.

  • edward teach

    RaiderDuck Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 4:05 pm
    Campbell could get a starting job for whichever team loses out on the Peyton/Flynn sweepstakes.

    Only reason he goes to Chicago is he’s assuming Cutler blows up at some point.

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

    I would disagree. The reason he goes to Chicago is because his agent has done the tour and is pretty convinced that he’s not going to be the starter wherever he lands, and he’s trying to get the money now before other guys are signed and the money dries up.

  • LBRAIDERS

    Please No Leinart!!

  • stevenTyler

    Reggie mac is known for his level headed approach….but im sure he wants to make some type of splash. We will see. Spend wisely. Raiders need multiple players oN D

  • LBRAIDERS

    I got your retard hanging!!

  • HairyBush

    yo

  • Nnamdi21

    Raider Nation-Station

    NOW!~ 03-13-12: CAMPBELL CONSPIRACY EQUALS CUTLER’S LAST STAND
    “Rumors of QB Jason Campbell going to Chicago as a back up has some Raider fans wondering whats up…”

    http://​www.raidernationstation.com/​exclusives

    =====

    THATS why Campbell will play back up for the Bears and not for US!

  • Just Win Baby

    If JC is willing to be a back up elsewhere and the Raiders have made no push to re-sign him, it stands to reason that he is leaving because: 1) the coaches think he isn’t worthy, even as a back-up, 2) Campbell just wants out of Oakland badly enough to be a back-up someplace else but not here, or 3) Campbell realizes that nobody wants to pay him as a starter ANYWHERE and since Oakland hasn’t offered him anything at all, he has no other option but to be Cutler’s back-up.

  • Thec

    See will still have some of the semi’s wishing on a star. We will not be signing any big names.
    Forget about the mario williams fantasy.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    New post.

  • Nnamdi21

    Bills are going to have a formidible line. They are dedicate to making visting FA Mario Williams “the highest paid defensive player in the League.”

  • Just Win Baby

    Corkys Boner Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
    LBRAIDERS Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 4:07 pm
    Prior going to back up Palmer!!
    ——–
    Learn how to smell his name first retard.

    ============================

    You’re going to call someone a retard because of a spelling error? LMAO what is his name supposed to smell like, genius?

  • Kirk

    We don’t want Campbell, we have Pryor.

    Campbell goes to Chicago and makes a couple of million a year to hold a clipboard on the sidelines.

  • fingers

    Jc… Learn to slide …gonna need that in ChiTown…

  • Raidernationdave

    Corkys Boner Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 4:02 pm
    cya soup throw out of bounds in chicago and the wind may bring it back into play….
    +++++++++=
    Post of the day!
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    I concur

  • Raidernationdave

    fingers Says:
    March 13th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Jc… Learn to slide …gonna need that in ChiTown…
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    He’s got another collarbone to break!