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Brandon Myers: It looks like I’m leaving Raiders

Brandon Myers, Rahim Moore, D.J. Williams

Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers carries the ball, but is stopped by Denver Broncos free safety Rahim Moore, bottom, as linebacker D.J. Williams, left, looks on during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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The overall performance of the Raiders offense led to offensive coordinator Greg Knapp’s firing after one year on the job, but the year wasn’t without any highlights.

Tight end Brandon Myers had 79 catches, the most of any Raider tight end since the days of Todd Christensen and 47 more than Myers managed in his first three seasons since becoming a sixth-round pick. That spike in production came at a good time for Myers since he was heading toward unrestricted free agency on a team that wasn’t exactly overflowing with productive offensive pieces during the 2012 season.

It doesn’t look like that will be enough to keep Myers in Oakland. Whether it was because they feel Myers was a product of Knapp’s system or because he’s asking for more money than the Raiders are comfortable paying, the tight end feels he’s getting the message that it is time to ramble on.

“Obviously, I’d like to stay. I’ve got a lot of friendships and know the coaches really well. They took a chance on me when I got drafted. I’d like to be there but it’s not looking like that right now. I guess I just have to stay patient and figure some stuff out. We’re pretty confident I’ll have a job here in a couple of weeks, but I’ll just try to sit back and not stress about it,” Myers said, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. “I’m not very familiar with this. That’s why I have an agent. I’m optimistic that they might give me an offer, but I guess they had a conversation at the combine and it didn’t sound like they were ready to do that. We’ll just see where it takes is.”

The Raiders are just starting to clear out some cap room to use when free agency opens next week, so perhaps there will be a chance for Myers to revisit a return to Oakland in the future. For now, though, it seems his surprising 2012 production will be his ticket out of town.