Originally posted on Thoughts from the Dark Side  |  Last updated 3/14/12

In a move that had leaked out a week or so ago via sources with the team, the Raiders officially cut TE Kevin Boss today, after only one year with the team.

Boss was signed last year as a replacement to departing free agent TE Zach Miller.  His contract was for 4 years, with a maximum of $16 million dollars, which isn't a huge financial burden on the team.  He was due a base salary of $2 million, this season, with an additional roster bonus of $2 million this week.

Early reports of his skill were all positive during training camp and many of the writers thought that there would be no drop off in TE production from Miller to Boss with some predicting him even beating Miller's numbers.

However, Boss struggled to get onto the field to show what he could do.  He had some injuries throughout the season but it also seemed as if head coach Hue Jackson preferred Brandon Meyer's over Boss.

Whatever Jackson saw must have also been seen by the new regime because they cut him today, presumabely for the cap savings - the Raiders saved $2.4 million against the cap with his release.

Boss is now free to sign wherever he chooses.  He joins a TE field that includes John Carlson, formerly of the Seahawks, and Martellus Bennet, formerly of the Cowboys.

Boss finished the season with 28 receptions, 368 yards and three touchdowns and played in parts of 14 games.

This move may be a vote of confidence in the remaining three TEs on the roster - Brandon Myers and second year players David Ausberry and Richard Gordon.  David Ausberry was specifically mentioned by Carson Palmer in his interview on XM Sirius as someone he's excited for.

Boss' receiving numbers last year weren't anything amazing but he was the best TE on the team last year.  Myers finished with 16 receptions for 151 yards, no TDs. Ausberry had 2 receptions for 14 yards, no TDs and Gordon had 1 reception for 2 yards, no TDs.

Follow me on Twitter at @AsherMathews

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Glenn Robinson III dunks over three people to win Slam Dunk Contest

Kevin Durant booed at All-Star introductions in New Orleans

Charles Oakley joins Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league

Report: Kirk Cousins does not want to be with Redskins

Hall of Famer Goose Gossage says it’s ‘insulting’ to be compared to Mariano Rivera

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announces retirement

Report: Chiefs, Broncos among teams that interest Tony Romo

Report: Pistons, Magic have discussed Reggie Jackson trade

Andrew McCutchen Googled himself to keep up on trade talk

RB Trent Richardson arrested on domestic violence charge

Anthony Davis to be ‘very involved’ in efforts to re-sign Jrue Holiday

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Best of Yardbarker: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

Box Score 2/17: Happy birthday, Michael Jordan (and welcome to 1000 point club, Sid!)

The 'Michael Jordan might still win the Dunk contest if he entered' quiz

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Box Score 2/16: Getting ready for the ASG

Too much to Process: Can Simmons match the Embiid hype?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of YB: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Who will break these NBA All-Star Game records?

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker