ESPN Tight end Brandon Myers has agreed to terms with the New York Giants. Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team. Myers played last season for the Oakland Raiders, and visited the Giants’ New York facility on Saturday. Apparently the Giants liked what they saw enough to make an offer right away. “I’m definitely excited. When you join an organization like the Giants it’s a great opportunity and I’m excited to be here and to get started,” Myers said, according to the team’s website. The Giants lost Martellus Bennett, their starting tight end last season, to the Chicago Bears at the start of free agency. Myers, 27, is a 6-foot-4, 250-pound player who caught 79 passes for 806 yards last season in Oakland. “The opportunity to play in New York, to play on a big stage and to win ballgames, that’s what you strive for as a player — to be in contention to make the playoffs,” Myers said, according to the team’s website. “I had a pretty good feeling this was going to work out. I’m excited and I’m ready to get to work.” The Giants have had a busy Saturday after a measured start to the free agent signing period. The team also signed former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor and, according to a source, also added former Raiders wide receiver Louis Murphy.
I love the Brandon Myers signing by the New York Giants, it was a sneaky, under-the-radar move by Big Blue this weekend which should really help Eli Manning and the Giants passing game. Myers quietly caught 79 passes for 806 yards and 4 touchdowns from Carson Palmer on a bad Oakland Raiders team last season, and he gives the Giants a true receiving tight end, who will be a threat downfield, something which they have lacked in recent years. Myers can split out and line up in the slot, which will give the Giants the ability to use him as a matchup problem, which will make him effective in the Red Zone. (or as head coach Tom Coughlin calls it “The Green Zone”) The addition of Myers fills a need for the Giants, which became an obvious hole when Martellus Bennett signed with the Chicago Bears, and they will no longer be forced to use an early pick in April’s draft on a tight end.
The Louis Murphy signing gives the Giants quality depth at wide receiver, and the addition of Dan Connor gives the Giants a solid middle linebacker, who excels at stopping the run. Combine these moves with the addition of defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and safety Ryan Mundy earlier in the free agency period, and it has been a solid offseason for the New York Giants, as long as they lock up wide receiver Victor Cruz with a long term contract. There is still a rumor circulating that several teams are mulling a contract offer to Cruz, a restricted free agent, and if he leaves the Giants would be awarded that team’s first round pick.