Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers broke out in this fourth NFL season, catching 79 passes for 806 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. He was a very vital part of the Raiders’ passing offense, which wasn’t too shabby last season, ranking eight in the league in yards per game. However, Myers is now a free agent and is probably looking for a big pay day. No matter what it takes, the Raiders absolutely have to make sure Myers stays in Oakland.
As mentioned, Myers was a huge contributor to the Raiders’ passing offense this year, and he was the main reason why Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer had a bounce-back year, throwing for over 4,000 yard for the first time since 2007.
Palmer threw for over 300 yards in six games this past season, and Myers had at least five catches in each of those games. If fact, Myers had a career day in Palmer’s final 300-yard game, catching 14 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
The worst part about the whole deal for the Raiders was that Myers’ and Palmer’s big years didn’t equal wins, but those guys don’t play defense. Oakland absolutely has to shore up its defense heading into 2013 and taking care of Myers’ new contract first and foremost will allow the Raiders’ brass to focus solely on defense and improving other parts of the offense. Taking away a security blanket like Myers will make the Raiders’ offense very one-dimensional going forward, and that’s never a good thing.