Oakland Raiders: A few free agents to target, one to take a hard pass on

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders looks on during warm ups prior to their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Oakland Raiders looks on during warm ups prior to their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 14: Tre Boston #33 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up on field before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Tre Boston (S)

Some of us thought the Raiders should have made a play for Tre Boston last season, before he opted to sign with Arizona. They didn’t and now Boston is a Cardinal.

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Signing Boston wouldn’t be the sexiest pick up ever. But, he’s been solid in the defensive backfield throughout his career – three years with Carolina, one with the Chargers, and this year with the Cardinals.

Over his five seasons in the league, Boston has put together a stat line that’s not going to knock you off your feet, but he could still be very valuable addition to the defensive backfield. Boston has 223 career tackles (164 solo – and ten of them for a loss), a pair of sacks, 25 passes defensed, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery,

The high point of his career was his lone season with the Chargers in which, he started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in, racking up 79 tackles (56 solo), eight passes defensed, and five interceptions. And perhaps not so coincidentally, it was the first season in the league in which he got the opportunity to be the team’s regular starter.

Boston isn’t going to wow you with any one or two things he does well. But, he’s a steady, consistent performer, and right about now, the Raiders can use a guy like that.