Jakobi Meyers Hints At Offseason Plans Before Hitting Free Agency

Meyers is one of New England's more noteworthy free agents


Jan 9, 2023

FOXBORO, Mass. — Impending free-agent receiver Jakobi Meyers expressed he would like to return to the New England Patriots after the team’s season-ending loss Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium.

Meyers, though, hasn’t given thought to much else as it pertains to his contract situation.

“Honestly, I haven’t even really gotten to that point yet,” Meyers said Monday in the Patriots locker room when asked about his thought process as he nears free agency. “I’ve been kind of hurt all year, so I’m just more excited to get healthy, get a little rest, see my family. That’s probably the biggest thing, just go see my family. After that, I’ll probably figure out what’s next for me.”

Meyers’ comments Monday came after he addressed the situation one day prior.

“When the time comes, I’ll cross that bridge,” Meyers told reporters Sunday after New England’s 35-23 defeat. “Whether I’m here, whether I’m not here, I just tell all the guys I appreciate them. Because the locker room changes regardless, whether I’m here or not.”

When asked about his interest in returning, Meyers added: “Oh yeah, definitely, definitely. Put in a lot of time here. Built a nice home here. It’d be nice.”

Meyers is coming off consecutive seasons in which he led the Patriots in receiving yards. He led the Patriots in receptions by a notable margin in 2021 and was merely two behind running back Rhamondre Stevenson in 2022. Meyers combined for 1,670 yards on 150 receptions and eight touchdowns during the past two seasons (29 games). He scored six touchdowns during the 2022 campaign, tripling his previous career high.

Meyers’ production was a bright spot for what continued to be a lackluster Patriots offense, complementing Stevenson’s breakout year. And it’s led quarterback Mac Jones to share how he hopes Meyers will be back at One Patriot Place this spring.

“Jakobi’s one of the best — if not the best — teammates I’ve ever had,” Jones told reporters Sunday. “He’s a great person. He comes to work every day, doesn’t complain. Does everything right. And he deserves everything that’s coming his way.

“So, hopefully, it’s with us,” Jones added. “He means a lot to me.”

It’ll be interesting to see if the Patriots agree. Meyers was second in both yards and receptions among wideouts set to hit free agency. Only JuJu Smith-Schuster compiled more than Meyers in 2022.

The NFL’s 2023 league year will open March 15.

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