The Raiders plan to release offensive guard Kevin Boothe, reports Fox Sports 1.
Boothe played in nine games during the 2014 season, but he started 32 games in 2012 and 2013 for the Giants.
The Raiders signed former Giants offensive lineman Kevin Boothe to a two-year deal, ESPN reported Monday night. Boothe, who turns 31 by the time the season starts, has started each game for New York over the past two seasons. His career actually began with the Raiders in 2006 when he started 14 games for them.
With Kevin Boothe entering free agency and David Baas and Chris Snee in contract limbo, the Giants might need new starters at center and both guard spots, reports ESPN.com. The website mentions Browns center Alex Mack and Chiefs guard Geoff Schwartz as the top free agents available at those positions.
The Giants are making a change along the offensive line heading into Week 5 vs. Philadelphia.
Tackle David Diehl, who has been hobbled by an ankle injury, told reporters he will start at right guard Sunday. Jim Cordle is expected to remain at center with David Baas (neck) injured, with Kevin Boothe remaining at left guard. Therefore, James Brewer is headed back to the bench.
With center David Baas (knee) and tackle David Diehl (thumb) still sidelined, the Giants continue to tinker with their offensive line. On Monday they trotted out Kevin Boothe at center in place of Jim Cordle, reports ESPN.com.
James Brewer moved to left guard, while rookie Justin Pugh remained at right tackle, the report said. Right guard Chris Snee and left tackle Will Beatty stayed put.
Coach Tom Coughlin said nothing is set in stone. "We’ll try different combinations," he said. "Nothing wrong with that, I hope."
With two projected starting offensive linemen now sidelined, protecting Eli Manning has become "much more challenging" for the Giants, reports ESPN.com.
Starting center David Baas is out at least two more weeks with a sprained knee, while tackle/guard David Diehl will be out six weeks after thumb surgery Wednesday. The report expects the Giants to use Kevin Boothe at center, rookie Justin Pugh at right tackle, and James Brewer or Brandon Mosley at left guard. Right guard Chris Snee is working his way back from hip surgery.
"We'll be fine," Boothe said. "Obviously, Dave's injury is a tough one, but we'll regroup. Unfortunately, we've had experiences with guys going down, so we'll respond."