New York Giants: Brandon Myers to Big Blue Was a Home-Run Signing for 2013

Doug RushSenior Analyst IMarch 17, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Brandon Myers #83 of the Oakland Raiders gets tackled at the three yard line by by Jabari Greer #33 of the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter of their NFL football game at Coliseum on November 18, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Martellus who?

That will be the quote many Giants fans will utter during the 2013 season when they get a look at their new starting tight end.

On Saturday night, the Giants signed former Oakland Raider Brandon Myers, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.

TE Brandon Myers has agreed to sign with the Giants.

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 17, 2013

After losing Martellus Bennett to the Chicago Bears on a four-year, $20 million deal, the Giants needed a replacement at the tight end spot in their starting lineup.

So after letting Bennett walk after just one season in New York, the Giants decided to target the No. 3-ranked tight end in free agency behind Tony Gonzalez and Dustin Keller.

All it took was less than 12 hours to get Myers to relocate about 3,000 miles and play for a potential Super Bowl contender.

Myers already had success playing in his first full season with Oakland, catching 79 passes for 806 yards and four touchdown receptions in 2012.

That was with Carson Palmer throwing to him in Oakland's lackluster offense.

In New York, Myers will have Eli Manning passing to him in a high-octane offense that already has weapons such as Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and David Wilson.

Now add a reliable, pass-catching tight end, a position that Manning likes to use as a security blanket in crucial situations such as third downs and goal line passing downs.

There were times where Bennett would drop key passes and would be inconsistent for the Giants, which I think led to Giants GM Jerry Reese not keeping him around.

Myers is a much better tight end in the aspect of catching than Bennett is.

As far as blocking goes, Myers is still a little raw in that area, but that's where Giants tight end coach Mike Pope comes into play.

Pope has developed tight ends like Jeremy Shockey, Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard, plus Bennett and has made them into solid players for the Giants.

A lot of teams are starting to rely on using the tight end as a deep-threat down the field; the Patriots with Rob Gronkowski, the Saints with Jimmy Graham, the Falcons with Gonzalez and the Chargers with Antonio Gates are prime examples of it.

The 6'4", 250-pound Myers will likely get used just like these guys are in their respective offenses.

What's even better about this signing is that Myers didn't break the bank for the Giants as far as a salary is concerned.

With Bennett leaving, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because the Giants upgraded at the position.

In an offense that was already a good one, they have added an underrated tight end who is about to add another dimension to the Giants offense, making it an even better one.

Giants fans will see this once Myers gets onto the field and goes to work playing against defenders.

Myers is the kind of signing that makes Reese one of the top executives and general managers in the entire sport.

This is a home run of a free-agent signing, and perhaps, the best one Reese has landed in 2013.