According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the Cardinals, Raiders, Browns and Giants all showed initial interest in free agent S Tre Boston, but he hasn’t received the kind of offers he was hoping to since the market opened a few weeks ago.
“Just like a few of the other guys, we’re just not hearing anything near what we want to hear or even close,” Boston said Thursday during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We’re closer to veteran minimum than we are to the $7-, $8-, $9-million players we wanted to be two months ago or even eight months ago.”
Boston said his agent has spoken to the Chargers about a potential return, but the two sides are currently at an impasse because “they think I’m more of a strong safety-type of player.”
Boston added that the overall lack of interest in the available safeties has been “unbelievable” to him.
“It’s kind of unbelievable to me,” Boston said. “We’re talking about a position that’s needed more and more on the field in today’s game.
“There are about five or six valuable starting safeties in free agency right now. But I guess it’s just trying to get us to take peanuts like the rest of them have. That’s just the business of the game.”
Boston, 25, is a former fourth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $2,625,468 contract when the Panthers cut him last offseason.
Boston later caught on with the Chargers shortly after the 2017 draft and is currently testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
In 2017, Boston appeared in all 16 games for the Chargers and recorded 79 tackles, five interceptions and eight pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 30 safety out of 87 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available 2018 NFL Free Agents list.