NFL free agency: Raiders reportedly agree to sign WR Jakobi Meyers for 3 years, $33 million
The Las Vegas Raiders added another offensive element after reportedly agreeing to a three-year, $33 million contract with former New England Patriots wide receiver Jacobi Meyers. Jan Rapoport of NFL Network. The deal also reportedly includes a guaranteed $21 million.
Meyers will reunite with former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, now head coach of the Raiders. The move also gives new Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo another weapon in an already loaded skill group with wides Davante Adams and Hunter Renfroe, tight end Darren Waller and running back Josh Jacobs.
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It would be a full circle moment for Meyers, who made a misguided side pass that caught Raiders winger Chandler Jones and returned for the game-winning touchdown in Week 15. The move didn’t really affect the Raiders’ season, but it completely changed the Patriots’ chances of making the playoffs last season. After the game, Meyers said he was “trying to do too much and trying to be a hero”, while Patriots head coach Bill Belichick simply remarked that “we made a mistake.”
The game ended with a wild three-point comeback victory over the Patriots in McDaniels’ first game against his former team as Raiders coach, which included controversial decisive touchdown Las Vegas wide receiver Keelan Cole with 37 seconds left in the game.
Despite his setback, Meyers has been one of the most consistent pass-catchers in the Patriots without Tom Brady for the last two seasons. He caught 150 receptions for 1,670 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in his last 31 games for New England. Now Meyers will catch passes from another former Patriots quarterback, though he and Garoppolo never crossed paths in New England.