Menu - The Hub For New England Patriots Fans

New England Patriots > Patriots Blog

Patriots Free Agent Jakobi Meyers Agrees to Deal With Raiders

Ian Logue
Ian Logue on Twitter
March 14, 2023 at 10:30 am ET

Patriots Free Agent Jakobi Meyers Agrees to Deal With Raiders(PHOTO: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

🕑 Read Time: 3 minutes

One of the most important dominoes of the offseason fell on Tuesday, with the Las Vegas Raiders agreeing to terms with Patriots free agent wide receiver Jakobi Meyers.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the deal is reportedly for 3-years and is worth $33 million, including $21 million guaranteed.

The fact that the annual amount is only $11 million is interesting because it’s hard not to wonder if Meyers took the deal and didn’t come back to the Patriots with an opportunity to match it, as that amount seems close enough where the two sides should have been able to reach an agreement.

It’s possible there could be some frustration on Meyers’s behalf.  The Patriots tendered him at the second-round level last offseason, which was worth $3.99 million, and not the first round level, which would have been worth $5.4 million.  That happened coming off a year where Meyers had once again been one of the most productive players on offense for the second straight season.

Meyers also didn’t immediately sign the contract, holding out on signing it until June.  So it’s clear that he may not have initially been happy about it but ultimately signed it anyway and never let it become a distraction.

However, looking back, 2022 wasn’t exactly clear sailing.  He suffered an injury in week 2 and missed the contests against both Baltimore and Green Bay with a knee injury.  The Boston Herald has since reported that the injury was apparently significant, with Meyers having played with a partial tear in his knee, gutting out most of the season while still being a key player in New England’s offense.

He was also among the most vocal during the situation surrounding Mac Jones, where the second-year quarterback didn’t get much support publicly by Bill Belichick after suffering an ankle injury.  That led to Bailey Zappe getting a lot of chatter by both the fans and media, where Belichick never backed Jones as a starter.

The game against the Bears in Week 7 appeared to be the tipping point.  Meyers expressed frustration after that one, watching fans openly boo Jones in his first start coming off the injury, with Jones clearly still hampered by the ankle.  Fans chanted Zappe’s name and he ultimately came into the game, but the whole situation, especially with the way it was handled by the coaches, seemed to rub Meyers the wrong way.

“Not even as a football player, it’s tough as a man to see somebody who worked so hard, get that kind of treatment, but at the end of the day, we’re all trying to feed our families,” Meyers said. “We have to make plays no matter who’s throwing (the ball).”

Meyers also expressed some frustration at various points last year with the offense, which was led by Matt Patricia.

“I question what the plan is sometimes and how we’re going to attack,” Meyers told the NFL Network’s Mike Giardi last season.

However, the most likely nail in the coffin could have come during the recent negotiations between the two sides, where something may have been said that didn’t sit well given Meyers’s hard work and production.

He’s been the team’s leading receiver on 3rd down the last two seasons, which is a stat that has fallen under the radar and has been a testament of just how important he’s been to this football team.

The fact that he agreed to terms in Las Vegas on such a low deal, which now pairs him with Devante Adams and will likely make him incredibly productive there as well.

Unfortunately, for now, it leaves a massive hole that the Patriots suddenly need to figure out how to fill.

Five Thoughts On Patriots’ Loss of WR Jakobi Meyers

About Ian Logue

Ian Logue is a Seacoast native and owner and senior writer for, an independent media site covering the New England Patriots and has been running this site in one form or another since 1997.

Tags: Jakobi Meyers

  • Subscribe
    Notify of

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments

  • More Patriots News Headlines:

    MORSE: Patriots Draft Needs and Draft Related Info

    MORSE: Patriots Draft Needs and Draft Related Info

    By: Mark Morse
    It has been well documented that the Patriots need a QB, a game changing Wide Receiver or two, and a starting Left Tackle.  But a…
    6 hours ago
    Friday Patriots Notebook 4/19: News and Notes

    Friday Patriots Notebook 4/19: News and Notes

    By: Ian Logue
    After seeing fellow receiver DeVonta Smith receive a three-year extension from the club, Philadelphia Eagles wideout A.J. Brown made some noise on Thursday to seemingly…
    7 hours ago
    TRANSCRIPT: Eliot Wolf’s Pre-Draft Press Conference 4/18/24

    TRANSCRIPT: Eliot Wolf’s Pre-Draft Press Conference 4/18/24

    By: Ian Logue
    Good morning, everyone.  Wanted to thank you all for coming.  It's been a while since we last had some time together.  Also wanted to thank…
    1 day ago
    Thursday Patriots Notebook 4/18: News and Notes

    Thursday Patriots Notebook 4/18: News and Notes

    By: Ian Logue
    Bill Belichick may not be working for the Patriots next week, but he'll still be putting in the hours when things kick off in Detroit…
    1 day ago
    Wednesday Patriots Notebook 4/17: News and Notes

    Wednesday Patriots Notebook 4/17: News and Notes

    By: Ian Logue
    ESPN published an interesting article on Wednesday, with Don Van Natta Jr., Seth Wickersham, and Jeremy Fowler putting together a long-form story on Bill Belichick's…
    2 days ago

    Share via
    Copy link
    Powered by Social Snap
    Search For Links: - CLOSE
    For searches with multiple players
    add commas (Ex: "Bill Belichick, Devin McCourty")