Hue Jackson wasn’t lying when he said Reggie McKenzie was going to clean house. My man is taking his rag to every inch of the Oakland franchise leaving not a speck of Al Davis dust. Jerry McDonald cites an NFL Network report claiming the Raiders are poised to sever ties with tight end Kevin Boss just one year after signing him to a 4-year deal.
Whether or not this is yet another cost cutting move or simply a performance based decision is yet to be reveled. Truth be told, aside from a couple of big moments on special teams and a few punishing blocks Boss didn’t contribute much to the offense during his one season as a Raider. Naturally his injury issues played a role in Boss’ minimal contributions.
Of course nobody ever expected him to fully replace Zach Miller’s production. Boss was always known as a classic NFL tight end that blocked first and ran routes second. Still this move pretty much indicates that McKenzie isn’t going to pay for anyone that he feels can be easily replaced.
For Boss this move has to disappointing. He expressed his happiness to be back on the West Coast when signing with the Raiders last year. The Oregon native finally had a chance to be closer to his home. But that is all a moot point for now. Boss could still stay in the Pacific Time Zone he just won’t be wearing silver and black any longer
The natural question is where do the Raiders go from here? If paying $4-million a year is too much for a solid tight end like Boss then just where will McKenzie turn to find a new starter? Brandon Myers hasn’t shown nearly enough to earn a full-time gig in the NFL and most other vets are going to want a deal in the Boss neighborhood.
All that being said it didn’t make much sense for the Raider to continue to carry four tight ends on the roster. Rookies Richard Gordon and David Ausberry will now have a chance to compete for expanded roles. If you could combine Gordon’s blocking with Ausberry’s offensive skill you’d have a tight end of the future. Maybe that is exactly what McKenzie is banking on, for those two to work as a tandem with Gordon occasionally lining up in the backfield as a fullback.
All that speculation will have to wait until camp. In fact all roster speculation is just going to have to be put on hold until McKenzie’s cleaning process is complete. The cost cutting knows no loyalties. Have to wonder where the axe might fall next.