The New England Patriots are yet to make any positive noise during the legal tampering period of free agency. The recent loss of WR Jakobi Meyers to the Las Vegas Raiders for an under-market value 3-year $33 million dollar deal with $21 million guaranteed is likely to lead to even more head scratching. Meyers was originally expected to get upward of $16-20 million per year, so it feels like the Patriots read the room wrong here. At $11 million per year there is no reason he should have walked so easily.
Meyers was one of the top receivers on the free agent market, and with the Pats desperately in need of improving the position Bill Belichick better be cooking up something big.
In Las Vegas, Meyers won’t only be reunited with McDaniels, but one of his old quarterbacks, too. Jimmy Garoppolo inked a three-year deal with the Raiders on the first day of free agency, and projects to be throwing Meyers the ball for the foreseeable future.
Meyers was an undrafted free agent in 2019, and made the team out of training camp and emerged as New England’s most reliable wide receiver over the past four seasons. Meyers had 67 catches for 804 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games last season.
The sure handed Meyers will be a solid No. 2 receiver for the Raiders behind Davante Adams.
Sources: The #Raiders are signing #Patriots FA WR Jakobi Meyers to a 3-year deal with $33M with $21M guaranteed. Another NE-Las Vegas tie-in, and a weapon for Jimmy Garoppolo. The deal was negotiated by Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey. pic.twitter.com/tOUDNVrDUF
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2023