For someone who finished the 2018 season as Pro Football Focus' eighth-highest-graded safety in coverage, Boston lasted surprisingly long on the free-agent market. His addition seems like a good get for the Cardinals, whose head coach, Steve Wilks, coached Boston from 2014 to 2016 when both were with the Panthers. During his lone season with the Chargers in 2017, Boston showed that he could be a difference maker when handed extended snaps, as he posted career highs in tackles (79), pass breakups (eight) and interceptions (five). He may not have a direct path to a starting role in Arizona with Budda Baker and Antoine Bethea (pectoral) in the fold at safety, but Boston's coverage skills will likely prompt Wilks to get creative with ways to get the soon-to-be 34-year-old on the field.
Boston recently turned down a "low-level" contract offer from the Cardinals, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.
Boston called the offer "very disrespectful," though it isn't surprising that the Cardinals low-balled him given the weak demand for safeties this offseason -- Eric Reid and Kenny Vaccaro also remain unsigned. With that said, Boston graded out as tied for Pro Football Focus' eighth-rated safety from a pass coverage standpoint in 2017, suggesting the near-26-year-old could be a beneficial addition to a few teams around the league. It's likely only a matter of time until he lands a new, more lucrative deal, especially when injuries start piling up during training camp.
Boston is listed as a key free agent to bring back according to ESPN's Eric D. Williams.
Boston signed a one-year deal with the Chargers in the offseason and promptly led the unit in interceptions (five), including one in the team's final game against the Raiders. The 25-year-old was also tied for the second-most tackles on the team, registering a career-high 79 tackles in Gus Bradley's multi-faceted 3-4 defense. Given the variety of talented safeties already locked in on the Chargers defense, it's unlikely the team would pay an exorbitant amount to keep Boston around, but given the fourth-year safety put together his best statistical season with his the club, it might be in Boston's best interest to return to Los Angeles for a second season.
Boston finished Sunday's dominant 54-24 win over the Bills with four tackles and an interception.
Boston's interception was part of a five-pick day by the defense as a whole, and also made the second straight week in which the safety was able to record an interception. While the four tackles weren't exactly eye-popping for IDP owners, Boston is only one tackle shy of setting a career-high and remains an intriguing option in deeper leagues.
Boston intercepted two passes and finished Sunday's 20-17 overtime loss to the Jaguars with six tackles (four solo).
Boston likely should have had three interceptions, with quarterback Blake Bortles sailing a pass early in the fourth quarter that the veteran safety simply dropped. Still, the two interceptions certainly aren't anything to complain about for fantasy owners savvy enough to start Boston.
|5||10/7/18||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/11/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||79||56.0||23||0||5||49||9.8||25||0||8|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|