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The Oakland Raiders signed eight-year NFL veteran OL
In his seven seasons with the Giants, Boothe played in 89 games, starting 48, and has added nine postseason games with four starts. The veteran is dependable, playing left and right guard, right tackle and center during his time in New York. “I’ve played multiple positions throughout my time with the Giants and that’s one of the things I always do is prepare for anything, prepare for multiple positions, be ready because you never know what might happen over a course of a game or a season,” said Boothe.
His versatility is a perk following a season in which the Raiders dealt with a multitude of offensive line injuries. “I met with Coach [Tony] Sparano and we talked about how they really like the fact that I have been able to play multiple positions if need be, so I am sure that that will continue here with the flexibility just in case something were to happen,” said Boothe. “There’s been no talk about specifically what position I’ll play.”
Boothe is content anywhere on the offensive line. “It doesn’t matter where, but I think any football player wants to be on the field, so all I could do is go out there and work as hard as I can and hope that I can get out there to help the team win,” he said.
Boothe joins former Giants teammate
The offensive lineman is just as excited as Tuck, and almost as excited as his son, to be reuniting with the Raiders. “Very excited to be back,” said Boothe. “It’s been a crazy couple of days and I’m just excited about this opportunity.”
The 6-5, 320-pound lineman is looking forward to his return to Oakland. “[We] really hit it off here. I like the direction of the team,” said Boothe. “They’ve put some pieces together here and it’s a great culture that they’re building over here, and I am excited to be a part of it. The fact that I have been here before, obviously, this place has always held a special place in my heart as the team that drafted me.”