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TE Brandon Myers Officially Signs His Deal: TE Brandon Myers, an unrestricted free agent from the Oakland Raiders, officially signed with the Giants yesterday. The deal is reportedly a 1-year contract.
Myers said that TE Kevin Boss, who signed with the Raiders from the Giants two years ago, was a big factor in him picking the Giants.
“I became great friends with Kevin and his wife,” Myers said. “You couldn’t ask for a better guy to be in the tight end room. He’s been talking to me about New York. I’m blessed to know a guy like that who’s been here and can tell me where to go. He told me what a great organization this is from top to bottom – the facilities to everything. He said it’s a great place to be and told me if I have an opportunity to come here I should definitely think about it. He’s helped me out a lot and I’m appreciative of that. 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 had a breakout season in 2012, catching 79 passes for 806 yards and four touchdowns.
“I was given an opportunity to play last season,” Myers said. “The first three years there was always a guy ahead of me. That’s the way it is sometimes. Last year, I was given an opportunity to make some plays and I did that. Obviously, we didn’t win enough ballgames. That’s over with and I’m excited for this year.”
“I’m definitely looking forward to (working with Tight Ends Coach Mike Pope),” Myers said. “I’ve heard from numerous people in the Giants organization and players around the league about coach and I’m definitely excited for this opportunity and we’ll run with it. I’m excited for the year to start.”
“I’m definitely excited (about playing with Eli Manning),” said Myers. “Hopefully, once things get rolling we can get good chemistry like Carson (Palmer) and I had last year and get the ball rolling.”
“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. “I had a pretty good feeling this was going to work out. I’m excited and I’m ready to get to work.”
Steve Tisch Believes Another Team Will Make a Run at Cruz: Giants’ Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch said yesterday that he believes another team will likely make an offer to restricted free agent WR Victor Cruz. “Nervous? I’m anxious,” Tisch said. “It’s the reality of this period in free agency. Is it likely (Cruz will be presented with an offer sheet)? Probably. Then we’re going to have to deal with it. But we’re not avoiding that possibility. We’ll address the reality of it when it happens.”
If another team signs Cruz to an offer sheet, Tisch said, “We’re going to go as far as we can go to keep him on the team.”
As a restricted free agent, the Giants would have seven days to decide whether or not they would match the other team’s offer. If they do not, the Giants would receive their first round draft pick in this year’s draft.
Oddly, Tisch appeared to be negotiating against himself when he was asked if Cruz would get as much as $6 million per season, similar to what WR Wes Welker received from the Denver Broncos. “I think Victor is going to get a little higher than that,” replied Tisch.
Tisch said he felt Cruz’s change to a new agent would help negotiations, but the Giants have not received an “ask” from the new agent. Cruz’s new agent was able to begin negotiating on his client’s behalf starting last Friday.
Giants Working on Diehl Pay Cut/Restructure: Giants’ Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch said yesterday that the Giants were working on a pay cut/restructure of OT David Diehl similar to what the Giants did recently with CB Corey Webster. Webster accepted a pay cut, but also received added bonus money and a voidable year. “I think he’s an asset,” said Tisch of Diehl.