Raiders Rumors: Oakland Can't Afford to Lose TE Brandon Myers

John RozumCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2013

Brandon Myers with the spike.
Brandon Myers with the spike.Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Oakland Raiders must find a way to retain tight end Brandon Myers.

However, according to Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times that may not occur:

“Obviously, I’d like to stay,” Myers said by phone Monday night. “I’d like to be there but it’s not looking like that right now. We’re pretty confident I’ll have a job here in a couple of weeks, but I’ll just try to sit back and not stress about it.”

“I’m not very familiar with this. That’s why I have an agent. I’m optimistic that they might give me an offer, but I guess they had a conversation at the combine and it didn’t sound like they were ready to do that,” Myers said.

Myers is easily one of the NFL's most dependable tight ends.

Last season he caught 79 passes on 105 targets for 806 yards and four touchdowns. In addition, Myers collected 275 yards after the catch and moved the chains 41 times.

Three of these stat categories—receptions, yards and first downs—led the Raiders' passing attack. Unsurprisingly, Oakland finished ranked No. 8 in passing offense and quarterback Carson Palmer completed 61.1 percent of his attempts. When targeting Myers, though, Palmer completed the pass 75.2 percent of the time.

This level of reliability is not easy to find in pro football, especially at the tight end position.

Bill Williamson of quoted Scout Inc.'s Matt Williamson last month of Myers:

“Myers certainly understands when to sit it down versus zone coverage and runs sharp enough routes to get open versus man as well,” Williamson said. “Oakland’s receivers have a lot of talent, but are just so erratic and inconsistent with their routes and responsibilities ... which makes Myers alluring for this passing game. Oakland should bring him back if possible.” 

Plus all of Myers' numbers in 2012 were career-highs, so the guy has quickly developed for the Silver and Black. With the size and strength to defeat man coverage underneath, he also sports the short-area quickness to split zones and make plays downfield.

Myers is also a sound run-blocker, because he was drafted out of the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Tena conference that knows how to get physical in the trenches.

Altogether, Oakland possesses the complete offensive talent to hang with anyone. The explosive receiving targets of Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford and Rod Streater are quite electric.

But their impact gets exponentially inflated with Myers drawing attention underneath and down the middle. Factor in Darren McFadden and the Raiders are set across the board. Losing Myers simply takes away a strong threat to maintain balance and build efficiency inside the red zone.

In short, keeping the reliable playmaker will enhance Oakland's postseason odds for 2013.