The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have extended tight end Brandon Myers' contract to beyond 2016, lowering his 2015 salary in the process, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Myers was set to make a non-guaranteed $2.25 million in 2015, which probably would have seen him cut given the limited value he has to the offense.
Myers has been a sort of utility tight end this year. Not a threat as a downfield receiver and not a particularly great blocker, Myers was instead the guy catching dumpoff passes, running short routes and acting as a movement blocker taking out linebackers and safeties.In that role, he managed just 18 catches 169 yards.
Luke Stocker was the dedicated blocker who could function as a fullback and an extra lineman, while Austin Seferian-Jenkins was supposed to be the more explosive receiver -- but injured and his being a rookie stood in the way of that. Speaking of Stocker, given his high level of play as a blocker this year, the Bucs could re-sign the now-veteran, too. That shouldn't be too expensive.
With Louis Murphy's re-signing yesterday, the Bucs are already laying the groundwork for next season. We'll have to see how happy their new offensive coordinator is going to be with the players he'll be saddled with.