The New York Giants drafted TE Kevin Boss out of Western Oregon in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. It was a draft class that was special and vital to the Giants winning Super Bowl XLII over the New England Patriots. Along with Boss, the Giants drafted CB Aaron Ross, WR Steve Smith, DT Jay Alford, S Michael Johnson and RB Ahmad Bradshaw among others. Each one of those players played a decent role in helping the Giants win the championship.
Boss ended up having three more solid seasons with the Giants before he left via free agency in the off-season in 2011. He signed a four-year deal with the Oakland Raiders. Since it was the Raiders, Boss should’ve known he wasn’t safe. Back in the 2008 off-season, right after the Giants won the Super Bowl, S Gibril Wilson bolted for the money and joined the Raiders with a six-year deal. Wilson would later be cut by the Raiders in the very first year.
The Raiders have exhibited very little patience in the past. The same thing ended up happening to Boss as the Raiders let him go at the conclusion of his first and only season with the Raiders. The Kansas City Chiefs picked him up a few days later. However, he wasn’t effective due to concussion problems and he was cut a couple weeks ago by the Chiefs.
The Giants do have a big decision to make with TE Martellus Bennett. Should they pay him close to what he feels he deserves? Should the Giants tap into their space and sign him at all? Most people believe Bennett needs QB Eli Manning more than Manning needs him, so it shouldn’t be a priority to sign him. The Giants did let TE Jake Ballard go last off-season with the assumption he would clear waivers. He didn’t as the Patriots claimed him off of waivers in what appeared to be a move to irritate the Giants.
Reuniting Boss or Ballard with Manning would be a good move. However, Boss has been troubled by concussions. There are probably some in his circle who may be prodding him to retire before the head injuries become a bigger problem. For that reason, reuniting Boss with Manning is a risk the Giants shouldn’t take. We’re not sure what we could get from TE Adrien Robinson as he hardly saw playing time in his rookie season.
GiantS fans should know Manning by now. No matter what tight end he’s provided with, he will get the most out of him.