Raiders reach agreement with TE Kevin Boss


Raiders reach agreement with TE Kevin Boss

Aug. 5, 2011


Paul Gutierrez
This should soothe the spirit of those in Raider Nation who felt spurned earlier this week - Oakland has signed tight end Kevin Boss to a reported four-year, 16-million contract to replace Pro Bowler Zach Miller, who left as a free agent for Seattle on Tuesday.

Boss, 27, and an unrestricted free agent who played the past four seasons with the New York Giants and won a Super Bowl as a rookie, worked out for the Raiders in Napa on Wednesday. He worked on blocking drills, ran route and caught passes from undrafted rookie free agent quarterback Jordan La Secla under the watchful eyes of first-year coach Hue Jackson and quarterback Jason Campbell, who is familiar with Boss from his NFC East days with Washington.REWIND: Day after Miller bolts, TE Boss visits Raiders

Raiders defense line coach Mike Waufle has a connection with Boss as well as the Giants' former D-line coach.

"Obviously, Mike had a lot of glowing things to say about him andwatching videotape of him, he has some characteristics that we're looking for," Jackson said on Wednesday. "He's a big guy. He's 6-6, 254 (pounds)"

Boss has caught 119 passes for 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns. Last year, he averaged 15.2 yards on his 35 receptions.

Plus, over the past three seasons combined, 25.5 percent of his receptions went for at least 20 yards and 14.6 percent of his catches were touchdowns in that same span, according to

Boss is, however, coming off January surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, a malady that has bothered him since his college days at Western Oregon.

Miller is seen as the better pass catcher, while Boss is considered a superior blocker and, with a two-inch height advantage, a bigger target.

"He definitely has a lot of sizeplayed in a lot of games, he's played in a Super Bowl," Campbell said. "He has a lot of experience"

The Raiders entered Thursday anywhere from 10 million to 17 million over the NFL-mandated 120-million salary cap. But they were able to create space by reportedly restructuring the big-money deals of defensive tackle Richard Seymour and cornerback Stanford Routt, getting some 17.2 million in room. The Raiders also re-did Kamerion Wimbleys deal, getting him off the 11.3-million franchise tag.

Miller signed a five-year, 34-million contract with Seattle, with 17 million guaranteed. He told CSN California the Raiders has presented him an offer but would not elaborate on any specifics. Miller did acknowledge that the presence of former coach Tom Cable in Seattle was a tipping point.

Donald Penn yet to report as Raiders return home


Donald Penn yet to report as Raiders return home

ALAMEDA – Raiders left tackle Donald Penn missed training camp holding out for a new, more lucrative contract. He missed Tuesday’s practice, the first back at the team’s training facility.

His protest began 26 days ago. The regular season is 19 days away.

Penn has worked out with top trainers and private offensive line coaches while away from the team, but still needs time to get back in the flow.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that Penn is expected back this week. He wasn’t there for the first of three sessions when the Raiders will focus on the third preseason game at Dallas. It’s the last meaningful exhibition, with players down on the depth chart expected to populate the preseason finale versus Seattle.

Penn doesn’t necessarily need to play in a preseason game to prep for the Sept. 10 regular-season opener at Tennessee, but it could help.

Head coach Jack Del Rio wouldn’t address Penn’s status, or whether there’s a deadline for him to report and be ready for the regular season.

The Raiders have managed with Marshall Newhouse on the left and Vadal Alexander on the right. The pair has fared well, though the line will be significantly stronger with Penn back and a Newhouse/Alexander competition on the right.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie made it clear weeks ago that the Raiders wouldn’t talk contract until a player reports. Penn preferred a contract get done before showing up. Weeks were lost to that impasse.

Quarterback Derek Carr hopes it will end soon, and that Penn will come back to the team.

“It would obviously mean a lot, if that’s what he chooses to do,” Carr said. “He’s our teammate. We want all our teammates here. We want to work hard together. We want to be together and joke together. It’s more than just football. We want to be there in his life, with him.

"It would mean a lot. Obviously, I would love it.”

If McGregor beats Mayweather, Raiders may move to Dublin


If McGregor beats Mayweather, Raiders may move to Dublin

So Las Vegas’ army of legal books are in a moderate panic because they are so overexposed with Conor McGregor bets. Apparently, other than the Maloof brothers, they can’t scare up any Mayweather money at all.

Maybe this is the secret reason Mark Davis has declared publicly that the Raiders intend to colonize Los Angeles.

The latest evidence of the books’ distress is this Big Lead headline, which subtly hints, “Vegas Sportsbooks Are Exposed Like Never Before, Will Be Decimated if Conor McGregor Beats Floyd Mayweather.”

Well, if McGregor wins (and you’ll have to tell me about it because I’d rather watch feet sweat in the noonday sun than this), gambling in Vegas apparently will not exist any longer because the sporting apocalypse will finally be upon us. And if there is no gambling in Vegas, there is no Vegas, and all of a sudden the Raiders are moving to a town whose mayor is an iguana and whose chamber of commerce is tumbleweeds.

Hence, Davis’ answer to a question from Los Angeles Daily News writer Vincent Bonsignore about how L.A. has always been a Raiders’ town and that the team will get lots of its fans from the basin – fans who apparently cannot stomach either the Rams or the Chargers.

Ignoring Davis’ folly of answering that question that way at this time, when the NFL itself is wondering if, for its financial purposes, the mayor of L.A. is an iguana and the chamber of commerce is tumbleweeds, this news reminds us that the league has managed in less than two years to ruin the second-largest market in the United States by dithering, by backroom deals, by aversion of money spent by “the wrong kind of people” (see “brown”). That level of chaos is to be appreciated and enjoyed for what it is – nature’s way of telling rich people who’s boss.

Now, if nature doubles down and figures a way to make McGregor win and break Vegas, maybe the entire down isn’t destroyed but instead becomes a colony of Ireland, where the prime minister is not an iguana but a human, and the closest thing to tumbleweeds is a Guinness brewery.

Maybe if that happens, the Raiders end up playing in Dublin instead (a delightful little asterisk since there was a perfectly good Dublin not far from Oakland to begin with) – and they spend their entire time complaining that they have to share Croke Park and that there are too many markings on the field from all those damned hurling matches.

Of course this isn’t likely to happen, and Vegas keeps taking all the McGregor money you can throw at it. But one of these times, and sooner than we think, the apocalypse is not going to take no for an answer, and you will see Mark Davis with a pipe stuck bowl downward in his mouth standing next to a pot of gold.

Which of course will belong to the Bank Of America, because there are some things even the apocalypse can’t beat.