By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 at 3:56 pm in Oakland Raiders.
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.