Kansas City Chiefs: Signing Kevin Boss Will Help Ease Tony Moeaki's Return

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIMarch 15, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Kevin Boss #87 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the New England Patriots at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a three-year deal with former Giants and Raiders tight end Kevin Boss Thursday evening. Boss will earn $9 million while playing in Kansas City.

Since coming out of Western Oregon in 2007, Boss has caught 147 passes for 1,968 yards and 21 touchdowns in 56 career starts. While playing for the Giants and Raiders, Boss was given a role in which he filled in for Pro Bowlers Jeremy Shockey and Zach Miller. This time, Miller will come to Kansas City to help restore a strong foundation at tight end, which the Chiefs have not had since Tony Gonzalez left after the 2008 season.

This signing is one Chiefs fans should be excited about. However, it builds a lot of concern for Tony Moeaki, who missed the 2011 regular season with a torn ACL.

Moeaki started in 15 games for the Chiefs during his rookie season in 2010. He caught 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns to help Kansas City win their first AFC West title since 2003.

Last season, Moeaki suffered a torn ACL in the 2011 preseason finale in Green Bay. This forced the Chiefs to play with Leonard Pope and Jake O’Connell at tight end last season.

Moeaki brought a lot of light two years ago when Chiefs fans were still antsy over losing Gonzalez.

But with Moeaki's history of injuries, general manager Scott Pioli picked up Boss as an insurance policy to make sure the Chiefs are not thin at tight end.

Adding Boss to the franchise will allow Moeaki to ease his way back onto the gridiron. If Moeaki struggles staying healthy again, Kansas City will still be in good hands with Boss as their tight end.

If everything goes well, the Chiefs passing game can only get better with two active tight ends. The duo of Boss and Moeaki will not be as strong as Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez of the Patriots. However, having Boss and Moeaki will help the Chiefs remain active in the passing game.

This will give Matt Cassel another key weapon to help improve Kansas City’s 25th ranked pass offense.