Kevin Boss Signs Four-year Deal with Oakland Raiders

Mark tight end Kevin Boss(notes) down as the latest offensive weapon New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning(notes) will not have at his disposal in the 2011-12 season.

On Friday, Boss agreed to sign a four-year deal with the Oakland Raiders for a reported $16 million. Boss' departure may not bode well for the Giants, who are less than a week removed from watching receiver Plaxico Burress(notes) sign a one-year, $3 million contract with the New York Jets.

In the 2010-11 campaign, Boss, who became the Giants starting tight end after Jeremy Shockey(notes) suffered a season-ending injury in 2007, caught 35 passes—five of which were touchdowns—for 531 yards.

Before the legendary drive that ended with Burress’ game-winning touchdown catch vs. the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, Boss had a key 45-yard reception earlier in the fourth quarter that got the Giants across midfield.

Boss, selected in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, finished his four-year career as a Giant with a total of 18 touchdowns and 1,600 receiving yards on 119 catches.

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Updated Friday, Aug 5, 2011