Thursday, March 15, 2012
Chiefs poach another weapon from Oakland
By Bill Williamson
Scott Pioli has New England blood in him. Since it worked with the Patriots, there’s a good chance Pioli may try it in Kansas City.
The Chiefs have agreed to terms with former Oakland Raiders tight end Kevin Boss on a three-year, $9 million deal. Expect big dose of double tight-end sets in Kansas City. Boss is the second Raider Kansas City has signed because of Oakland’s salary-cap problems. Last month, the Chiefs got cornerback Stanford Routt after he was a cap casualty. For those who think the salary cap is overrated this is proof how it can hurt a team.
Boss, who was supposed to replace Zach Miller in Oakland, will now team with Tony Moeaki. After missing last season with a knee injury, Moeaki is expected to be healthy. While the plan is to use both tight ends, Boss also serves as insurance if Moeaki is slow to return from his injury. Kansas City did a similar thing by brining in Peyton Hillis. He will team with Jamaal Charles, who is coming off a torn ACL. If Charles has an unexpected setback, Hillis will carry the load.
Both Moeaki and Boss are valuable pass catchers and will present several matchup issues for defense -- making quarterback Matt Cassel's job even easier. The Chiefs have been giving Cassel a lot of weapons in the past couple of offseasons and if he doesn’t make strides, it will be on him.
In addition to helping in the passing game, both Boss and Moeaki are good blockers as well. It is clear finding a tight end was a goal in Kansas City. They pursued John Carlson but he left his visit in Kansas City to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.
Kansas City is also visiting with right tackle Eric Winston and San Diego running back Mike Tolbert, so the offensive improvements may continue.
The signing of Boss ensures this offense is even more dangerous.
In other AFC West news:
With the Miami Dolphins arranging a visit for Green Bay Packers free agent Matt Flynn, it seems like they may think they are out of the Peyton Manning race.
UT San Diego offers some perspective on the Chargers’ decision not to franchise Vincent Jackson.
David Garrard tweeted out that he is ready to play. Denver, Kansas City and Oakland all could be in play for a backup quarterback.
While he is a safety, Mike Adams said he can also play some cornerback in Denver.