The New York Giants didn't wait too long to replace tight end Martellus Bennett in their lineup.
That's the latest from Mike Garafolo of USA Today, who is reporting on Twitter that the Giants have a deal in place to sign former Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers to a contract on Saturday evening.
Here's Garafolo's tweet:
Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo
TE Brandon Myers has agreed to sign with the Giants.2013-3-17 00:03:53
The terms of the contract have not yet been released.
Myers, the four-year pro who played his college football at Iowa before being drafted by the Raiders in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL draft, had a breakout season for Oakland last season after becoming the full-time starter during the previous offseason.
He finished the year with 15 starts, 79 receptions, 806 yards and four touchdowns, becoming one of Carson Palmer's most reliable targets while setting himself up for a key place in the tight end class of 2013 free agency.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News first reported that the Giants had interest in bringing the 6'4", 250-pound tight end in as a replacement for Bennett on Saturday morning, and the two sides apparently didn't need much negotiation to agree that the 27-year-old would be a great fit for both Eli Manning and the New York offense.
As Ryan Ruocco of ESPN 98.7 FM in New York noted on Twitter following the signing, Myers' big season in Oakland last year should be a solid precursor to bigger and better things with an All-Pro quarterback now throwing balls his way:
Ryan Ruocco @RyanRuocco
The #Giants are landing some productive players at reasonable prices. Brandon Myers had 79 Receptions in Oakland..imagine what Eli can do.2013-3-17 00:19:06
With Myers' signing, the Giants will now have boasted four different starting tight ends in the last four seasons. Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Bennett each had a turn over the past three seasons, but this is a move that management made with the intention of finding a long-term solution.
Bennett, who moved on to the Chicago Bears on a four-year contract at the start of free agency (via ESPN), got off to a hot start to the 2012 campaign but struggled with injuries during his one-year stint in town. The two sides decided to part ways, and it payed off handsomely for Bennett in the form of a huge contract.
It has a chance to pay off huge for New York, too, which got an underrated talent on Saturday evening who has a chance to thrive with Manning and the Giants next season.