Boston Garnering Interest

As word spread throughout the league that David Boston was available, a few teams have risen to the surface and shown some interest while another has bowed out. The San Diego Chargers made it known early this week that their number one receiver was available and any deal would likely have to be consummated by Monday, the day he is scheduled to receive a bonus.

While many have heard that the Miami Dolphins have shown interest, another Florida based team seems primed to make a move for the receiver.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have inquired about the availability of David Boston according to NFL sources.

The Bucs are in the market for a receiver after suspending their own receiver, Keyshawn Johnson for the final six games of the season. Johnson is expected to be jettisoned shortly, likely to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Bucs ended the season with Keenan McCardell and Charles Lee as their starting receivers and are looking for an upgrade. Boston would be that guy.

The former first-round draft pick of Arizona, Boston signed a seven-year, $47 million free-agent deal with the Chargers last season. He is due a $3 million roster bonus on Monday and the team is looking to rid themselves of his contract and perceived problems on and off the field.

The Miami Dolphins have also been in touch with Mitch Frankel, the agent for Boston. Boston has stated publicly that he would like to be reunited with Dolphins wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan. Sullivan coached Boston in Arizona, helping Boston reach the Pro Bowl in 2001.

Rick Spielman spoke with Frankel to discuss the possible parameters of a trade and a restructured contract according to a source close to Boston.

Boston boasts 311 catches for 4,619 yards, an average of 14.9 yards per receptions and 25 touchdowns during his five-year career.

Working against the Chargers is the belief that they will release him if the deadline draws near and they do not have a deal. The team was originally seeking a first round pick as compensation but will likely take less in order to move him. With two teams confirmed to be in the bidding the price could rise slightly.

Frankel didn't return a phone call left at his office and no one was willing to talk about the possibility of a deal on Wednesday.

The Philadelphia Eagles, however, are said to have no interest in trading for the talented receiver according to one NFC scout.

"They had their heats set on Terrell Owens and that situation is still not cleared up," said the scout. "They are not in the market for Boston at this time."

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox,net

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