Josh McDaniels has poached one of his old wide receivers in free agency.
Jakobi Meyers agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal to join the Raiders with $21 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. New England’s leading receiver for the past three seasons, Meyers will leave an obvious void in the Patriots offense.
From here it’ll be fascinating to see where Bill Belichick goes.
That Meyers deal isn’t breaking the bank — far from it for one of the top wide receivers on the market — so do the Patriots have something bigger in the cards? If not, it’ll look like a significant whiff on their behalf.
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.
An undrafted free agent in 2019, Meyers made the team out of training camp and emerged as New England’s most reliable wide receiver over the next four seasons, picking up 134 first downs as a Patriot. The 26-year-old played through a knee injury last year, and in 14 games still finished with 67 catches for 804 yards and six touchdowns.
Story by Chris Mason, MassLive.com.