Raiders lose TE Brandon Myers

The reality of the Oakland Raiders’ salary-cap issues struck again Saturday when tight end Brandon Myers signed with the New York Giants.

The Raiders have seen several good, young players leave the team during free agency. Myers had 79 catches and was the favorite target of quarterback Carson Palmer last year. Myers is a poor blocker and has some limitations in the receiving game. But he is a good player and the bottom line is Oakland needs all the good players it can get.

Tight end may be another hole. The team has young players David Ausberry and Richard Gordon at the position, but neither player is proven. Oakland will need to bring in a tight end in some form. Versatile fullback Marcel Reece can play in some tight end formations.

Oakland has been concentrating on adding defensive players in free agency. The Raiders have several free agents remaining, including punter Shane Lechler. The punter market has been slow. Lechler has been connected to Houston, but there have been reports the Texans may look elsewhere.

Meanwhile, cornerback Terence Newman has tweeted that he will make his decision on where to play in the coming days. Newman, who will be 35 in September, visited Oakland recently. He’d be a starter there.

In the Elvis Dumervil saga in Denver, USA Today reports Dumervil has interest from at least four teams, but he wants to return to Denver. That is believable since he did agree to a pay cut. The issue is whether the Broncos can figure a way to make it work.

The Denver Post is reporting Dumervil is close to hiring the powerful Tom Condon as his new agent. Condon is Peyton Manning’s agent. Condon clearly has a successful relationship with Denver’s brass. That may be another sign of Dumervil wanting to stay.