When it came to re-singing Zach Miller Al Davis moved as quickly as Tom Brady in the 40-yard dash. However when it came time to replace Miller, Davis moved with Usain Bolt speed.
48 hours after seeing Miller move on up to the Pacific Northwest the Raiders have come to terms with Kevin Boss. Adam Schefter Tweets the news that Oakland and Boss have agreed to a 4-year deal worth a reported $16-million.
Even more amazing than the cheetah quickness Oakland displayed in pursuing Boss was the rapid accounting done to get into position just to be able to make him an offer. The Raiders were severely cap strapped which has been a huge hindrance to their free agent activity. None the less Mr. Davis worked his customary magic and just like that the Raiders have filled a massive void on offense.
While Boss is by no means the same weapon as Miller he brings a lot to the table. As a member of the New York Giants, Boss impressed enough to make Jeremy Shockey expendable. Though he may not be the threat after the catch that Miller was, Boss has put up comparable numbers and is a big target which will certainly please Jason Campbell.
Where the Raiders stand to improve with Boss is in the running game where he excels as a blocker. In addition Boss is also a viable threat in the red zone which is where Miller generally disappeared.
The signing of Boss is the biggest move made to date by the Raiders since the lockout was lifted. At 25 years of age Miller looked to be entering his prime so the loss is significant in many ways. However the addition of Boss is as good a move possible all things being considered.