Brandon Myers: From Backup Tight End, to the Big Apple

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After four long years with the Oakland Raiders, Brandon Myers is finally getting his chance to play for a winning team. The 27-year old tight end signed a deal with the New York Giants recently, and now will have the privilege of catching passes from Eli Manning.

While Myers is just now becoming a well-known name in the NFL, most fans probably don’t know that he was a backup tight end in college. He played at the University of Iowa from 05-08, but played behind Tony Moeaki (now of the Kansas City Chiefs). It’s not that Myers wasn’t talented, it’s just that Moeaki was better.

During his time at Iowa, his best season was his senior year when he caught 34 passes for 441 yards with four touchdowns. Certainly not eye-popping numbers, but scouts saw enough in him, and he was drafted in the sixth round of the 09′ draft. Slowly he established himself in Oakland, and by 2012 he finally started to breakout.

Last season was by far a career-year for Myers, as he hauled in 79 passes for 806 yards. Three months after the season ended, the Giants came calling, and here we are today.

Now it’s time to see what he can really do. He’s come along way, and you’d even have to say he’s better than the guy he once backed up in college. He’ll have one of the league’s best quarterbacks throwing him the ball, on an offense with several other weapons.

Things are set up perfectly for Myers to really emerge in 2013. He’s in the best situation of his career, and if it works out, he’ll be a rich man. His contract is good for this season at around $2.25 mil, but the remaining three years are voidable. If the Giants choose not to void (Myers tears it up), then he’ll make $4 million a season in base salary over the next three years. Not too shabby for a former backup.

 

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