Oakland Raiders Have Decisions To Make at Tight End this Offseason

By Devin O'Barr
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One of the lone bright spots for the Oakland Raiders in 2012 was the emergence of four-year tight end Brandon Myers. As Carson Palmer‘s favorite target, Myers caught 79 balls last season and flourished with 806 receiving yards, which ranked him sixth amongst all NFL tight ends last year.

Myers is going to test the free agent market this offseason and the Raiders seem to have no problem with letting the 27-year-old walk away from the Bay. Surely he can be a cheap option for a contending team like the Chicago Bears, but he doesn’t do much after the catch and most of his yardage came in times when the Raiders were getting their brains beat in.

Nonetheless, Myers still led Oakland in yards and receptions and it wasn’t even close, so the team might want to reassess the thought of letting him go.

Jermichael Finely headlines this year’s Tight End Free Agent class and at 25 years old, he has a rather impressive resume, but the Raiders can’t afford him anyway. If Palmer had it his way, I’m sure he would want Finely and Myers, but he very well could end up with neither, which would cause his numbers to plummet considerably.

Coming off of a 4-12 season, the Raiders have plenty of decisions to make and if they don’t address the tight end position, then it will be a long season for new offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Free Agency begins on March 12 and the Raiders have been quoted saying they will bring only bring Myers back “at the right price,” so the possibilities are endless.

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