Yesterday, we here at Giants 101 passed along a little tidbit provided by Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, who claimed free agent tight end Kevin Boss said he’d like to play for the Oakland Raiders.
“Boss said on Sirius radio he wants to come to #Raiders. Miller underrated blocker, so tiny edge to Boss there; no comparison catching ball,” Tafur tweeted.
As it turns out, Boss’ quote was taken completely out of context. We were e-mailed by Andrew Fitzpatrick, the Senior Director of Communication and Sports Programing at SiriusXM NFL Radio, who kindly provided us with the entire transcript. And although Boss did say the Raiders were an intriguing option, he never once blatantly claimed to want to play for them.
“Yeah, I mean, like I said earlier, it’s something out on the west coast. But I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. Ultimately, like I said, I’d just prefer to stay here in New York and finish my career as a New York Giant,” Boss said in response to being asked if the Raiders were intriguing to him.
Throughout the duration of the interview, Boss repeatedly made references to the Giants and his desire to finish his career there.
“For me, right now, the Giants, I’ve had a great four years here and it’d be hard to pick up and leave right now. Obviously, going back west wouldn’t, you know, I’m originally from Oregon so that’s something that’s in the back of my mind. But I don’t know. I think it’d be hard to leave New York,” Boss added.
In this hectic time of NFL free agency, it’s begging to seem like people only hear what they want to hear. As reputable as Tafur is on the West Coast, he seemed to read a little too much into Boss’ comments.
Although the Raiders remain a fit and an option for Boss, it’s crystal clear that he wants to return to the Big Apple.
Special thanks to Andrew Fitzpatrick for the transcript and clarification.
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