Adam Schefter reports the Raiders agreed to terms with tight end Kevin Boss on a four-year, $16 million contract.
The contract includes $8 million in guarantees. Zach Miller will make about twice as much and the production of each will likely be very comparable.
Kevin Boss is a better seam threat than Miller and a slightly better blocker. He isn’t quite the receiver Miller is, but he will be provided with greater opportunity in Oakland than he was in New York.
If the Raiders offensive line also improves, the Raiders wouldn’t have to bring in a sixth offensive lineman to run block. This creates doubt in the mind of the defense, particularly in the red zone, because Boss is a capable receiver.
Boss is the type of tight end Al Davis values. A tall, big-bodied red zone threat who is a good blocker. This was a match from the very beginning.
The Raiders receivers will still have to make up the difference between Miller and Boss as a receiver, but not as much as you might think. Easily worth the $3 million per year the Raiders save at a non-premium position.