It didn't come as much of a surprise by the time the signing was announced. Rumors had been circulating for days, and there seemed to be more substance to them by the hour.
Yet despite the warning signs and protracted period of time when it was "very likely" that he wouldn't be coming back, the Giants are at a loss to replace the 6'7" tight end's frame (and hands).
There were five candidates initially before newly signed Ben Patrick abruptly retired late Saturday. The list is now down to four before a game has been played, and the competition appears to be wide open.
Keep in mind, ultimately the likely scenario is that no one will actually replace Boss. It will probably be up to a combination of two or three of the group to fill his rather large shoes.
Here's a look at the possible replacements.