For the first time in his life, Kevin Boss is about to be wooed.
The Giants tight end is one of the team’s 15 unrestricted free agents with the end of the lockout coming earlier today, and Boss said he is looking forward to the experience. Part of it, he said, is because he was never really recruited to play in college – he wound up at Western Oregon where he played both basketball and football – and was drafted in the fifth round by the Giants.
“I was just thinking about that earlier today with my wife,” Boss said in a phone interview with Newsday this evening. “This will be the first time that I’ll have been recruited. Coming out of high school I didn’t get recruited much at all. I’ll try to soak it up and enjoy this.”
The thing that sounds as if it would make it most enjoyable would be a return to the Giants. Boss, who is hopelessly nice, is trying to be a practical businessman about this and drawing lines in the sand. He said things you usually hear players say during contract negotiations like “I feel like I’ve worked hard and I’ve earned my stripes to become an unrestricted free agent” and “I feel like I owe it to myself and my family to see what else is out there.” But ultimately, Boss has made a home for himself with the Giants and wouldn’t mind staying here.
“I don’t know what their plan is, but I’m hoping they make it easy for me and make me an offer that’s kind of a no-brainer,” he said of the Giants. “Maybe I won’t even have to look elsewhere if it’s a great offer that I can’t refuse. That would make things really easy for me.”
One thing that could change Boss' market is the addition of Todd Heap. The Ravens told him that he'll be released later this week and while there are reports that Baltimore will look to re-sign Heap at a cheaper contract, letting him dangle in free agency coudl give other teams a chance to swoop in. Maybe even the Giants (although Boss will likely cost less than Heap and the Giants will have to shed a few mil off their payrol to get under the cap by early August).
As for the next few days, Boss said he’ll treat them just as he would before any other training camp. He’ll work out, spend some time with his family before the start of the season. He even plans on attending the MLS All-Star game on Wednesday in New Jersey. Only this time, he said, he’ll be keeping his cell phone nearby during those activities. Just in case anyone is interested enough to give him a call.