Report: New York Giants Sign Former Raiders TE Brandon Myers

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IMarch 16, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Brandon Myers #83 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the New Orleans Saints at Coliseum on November 18, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It didn't take long for the Giants to find their replacement for Martellus Bennett.

On Saturday, the Giants had Brandon Myers in for a visit with the team. According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, the Giants have signed the tight end to a contract.


TE Brandon Myers has agreed to sign with the Giants.

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 17, 2013


Terms of the contract have not been disclosed yet.

The 27-year-old tight end had a very productive season in 2012 with Oakland, catching 79 passes for 806 yards and four touchdown receptions.

Now, Myers will come to New York and look to be the starting tight end in a Giants offense that already has explosive weapons such as Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.

The Giants lost Bennett to free agency when he signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Chicago Bears after just one season with Big Blue.

Giants GM Jerry Reese was never in a hurry to re-sign Bennett. Tight end has been a revolving door for the Giants, with guys like Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Bennett all playing over the last three years and eventually leaving.

Myers was a sixth-round pick of Oakland's back in the 2009 NFL draft out of Iowa. He spent his first three seasons with the team as a backup before getting to be a starter in 2012.

In Oakland, Myers had a tremendous season catching passes from Carson Palmer.

Now in New York, Myers will be in an offense where Eli Manning tends to use the tight end as a security blanket and targets him in crucial situations.

Bennett seemed to drop quite a few passes in clutch situations, so his departure wasn't as big of deal as some made it out to be.

Myers' blocking skills aren't as good as some would hope from a tight end, but that's why the Giants have tight end coach Mike Pope, who is one of the best in the NFL.

If he plays up to expectations, Myers could be around the Giants for a long time.

This is a great move for the Giants in finding a nice replacement at the tight end spot for 2013.