Jakobi Meyers Might Not be with the Raiders if Not for a Stubborn Bill Belichick

Jakobi Meyers was one of the most productive signings of the Josh McDaniels era in Las Vegas, and Meyers talked this week about the difference he felt when he joined the Raiders.

“[In New England] I had to prove who I was every day,” Meyers told NBC Sports Boston. “Every single day I had to be better. Not the same, but better. Here I wanted to be better every single day, so it’s different.”

Meyers caught 71 passes in his first year with the Raiders and recorded eight receiving touchdowns, which equaled his touchdown total in four years with the Patriots.

Asked if the Raiders use him “better” than the Patriots, and Meyers said he feels like he is more of a “focus” with the Raiders.

“Yeah, not to call people out or throw anybody under the bus, but I was more of a focus here than I was [in New England],” Meyers said. “I was more so doing what I had to do to survive and feed my family.”

Savage on Twitter: “Jakobi Meyers reveals that the Patriots were only 1 million dollars apart from his salary offer with the Raiders, and Bill Belichick wouldn’t budge. Going with Juju over Jakobi was the worst decision of the off-season. pic.twitter.com/3wMSB3scx0 / Twitter”

Jakobi Meyers reveals that the Patriots were only 1 million dollars apart from his salary offer with the Raiders, and Bill Belichick wouldn’t budge. Going with Juju over Jakobi was the worst decision of the off-season. pic.twitter.com/3wMSB3scx0

Instead of signing Meyers, the Patriots opted to give JuJu Smith-Schuster a three-year, $25 million contract that translated to 29 receptions for 260 yards in 2023.

The Raiders agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with Meyers in March of last year and according to Meyers, it was the stubbornness of Bill Belichick that cost the Patriots their top receiver. According to Meyers, Belichick wouldn’t move on his offer, and the Raiders’ offer was just slightly better.

“They just wouldn’t budge [on their contract offer],” Meyers said. “At the end of the day, [Bill Belichick] didn’t want to move, and I respect it. It’s his job to do what’s best for his team, or what he think is best for his team. It just didn’t align with what I felt like I was worth.”

How far below the Raiders where the Patriots with their offer?

“A million. And they wouldn’t move,” Meyers said.

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  1. Thanks Bill, that’s the best decision you made all season! Good luck on your job search.

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