The Buccaneers added some firepower to the tight end position in free agency, landing Brandon Myers of the New York Giants with a two-year, $4 million contract. Myers will compete with Tim Wright and Tom Crabtree for the right to start in 2014.
One of the first salvos fired by the Buccaneers in free agency was signing New York Giants tight end Brandon Myers, who inked a two-year, $4-million deal. The contract includes $2 million worth of guaranteed money, likely the first year's base salary. Myers, 28, will compete with Tim Wright and Tom Crabtree for the right to start in Tampa Bay to help the league's worst-ranked offense.
The 6-foot-3, 256-pound Myers caught 47 passes for 522 yards and four touchdowns last season with the Giants after signing a one-year deal. The Iowa product, who is known for his receiving ability, spent his first four seasons in Oakland where he had a breakout year in 2012 with 79 catches for 806 yards and four touchdowns.
Wright came out of nowhere to catch 54 passes for 571 yards and five
touchdowns and was one of the most productive rookie tight ends in the
NFL in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Wright needs to add some bulk to
help his in-line blocking in 2014.
Crabtree was signed last
offseason to compete for the starting position, but a high ankle sprain
in the preseason sidelined him for the first four weeks of the season
before a triceps injury ended his 2013 campaign in December. Crabtree
caught just four passes for 21 yards and one touchdown and performed
better as a blocker than a receiver.
The injury-prone Luke Stocker is also on the Bucs' roster at tight end, and has
been a disappointment since his rookie season despite managing to stay
healthy in 2012 and catch 16 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown.
He’s entering a contract year and will likely get the 2014 training camp
to show he can make the roster and contribute as a backup.
the offseason, the Bucs also added 6-foot-7, 280-pound Steve Maneri, who
last played for Kansas City and has six catches for 52 yards in his
three-year NFL career.
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