Meyers actually made Cam Newton competent, throwing to one guy, namely him. Then he made Mac look good with zero time when throwing to one guy, namely him. You want 800 yards, he'll get you 800 yards (and this year, 6 TDs. That's nice.) That's really cruddy compared with some dream, but it's absolutely a tough amount to replace. You know what a good comp would be? JuJu Smith Shuster. Yeah you could replace him. Go get JuJu Smith Shuster. Let's look how that comp stacks up. Sportrac puts Meyers' market value at 12.5M APR on a 4-year, $50M contract. They put the market for JuJu at 14.5M.
We're used to the QB who makes everybody look like an all-pro. This is a QB who needs you in exactly the right place and that's what Meyers gets you. There are glimmers of maybe-kinda-sorta-intriguingness from our other WRs, but Meyers will get you solid 2 numbers, guaranteed. When that's your top contributor, it's certainly not a "money's no object" proposition, but if you can make it happen you do. All he does is carry what there is of our passing game the last 3 years.
Can Mac look elsewhere? (1) Good question but also (2) does he have time to look elsewhere and (3) are plays competently designed to get the ball elsewhere?
We had a potential speed stable last year and could not/would not put it on the field. The one guy that wasn't broken in the aerial offense was Jakobi Meyers. I mean, that said, no that doesn't mean money's no object. But is he giving us good value compared with oh I dunno, Jonnu Smith?
But the market isn't what a website says, it's what someone will pay. If someone will strangely pay 20 mill because he's a great routerunner who mainly catches the ball, mayyyybe we let him go.