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Monday, March 12, 2012
McKenzie continues to show he's the boss

By Bill Williamson

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Oakland Raiders are cutting tight end Kevin Boss. Boss signed a four-year, $16 million dollar deal last summer with $6 million in guaranteed money.

This move is another indication of major change in the leadership structure of the team. New general manager Reggie McKenzie is not showing much sentiment for the final free-agent class of former owner Al Davis, who died in October. Davis was closely involved with all of the Raiders’ free-agent moves last summer.

Davis signed Boss to be a replacement for Zach Miller, who departed for Seattle last summer. Known as a strong receiver with the New York Giants, Boss was often injured last season in Oakland and he didn’t make a great impact. However, he did have his moments and he appeared to be the type of player who could have a good future with Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer. Boss had 28 catches for 368 yards last season.

The Raiders have been paring down contracts and releasing players in the past few weeks. Boss joins cornerback Stanford Routt as the latest high-profile player Davis gave a new deal to last year, only to be sent packing by McKenzie. Defensive players John Henderson and Kamerion Wimbley, who both signed new deals last year, could soon join Boss and Routt as former Raiders.

The Raiders are suddenly having more offseason needs than expected. They will be able to do a few things in free agency, but probably not too much and they will have a small draft class.

The Raiders are now lacking an experienced pass-catching threat at tight end. The tight ends currently on the Oakland roster are Brandon Myers, Richard Gordon and David Ausberry.