Jakobi Meyers headlined the biggest surprise departure from the Patriots last offseason, and from the sound of it, the 27-year-old prefers what came of the contract negotiations that ended his time in New England.

Meyers, a homegrown talent, wasn’t deemed worthy of being prioritized in the eyes of ex-head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots front office. That allowed the Raiders to swoop in and snag Meyers on a three-year, $33 million contract, which the NC State product claimed was just $1 million above the highest dollar figure New England was willing to offer.

Now one year into that three-year deal, Meyers has already made his stance clear: Las Vegas over New England.

“It was different experiences, you know,” Meyers told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Felger and Mazz” program on Monday. “Who I was at that point in my career (in New England), I probably didn’t get as much respect as I will out here. I ain’t gonna lie, I do (prefer Las Vegas), honestly. I’m different, I’m a different person. There, I really had to prove who I was every single day.”

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Meyers added: “I was more of a focus here than I was there. Whereas there I was doing what I had to do to survive and support my family.”

Meyers grew into becoming New England’s No. 1 wideout option after going undrafted in 2019. He totaled a then-career-high six touchdowns while recording 804 yards receiving in 2022, just in time before free agency rolled around. The assumption was with what Meyers meant to a still-rebuilding Patriots team that’s flopped in the free agency market and draft board would earn him more leeway with New England.

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That didn’t happen.

Instead, the Patriots took the desperation route and signed a way-beyond-prime JuJu Smith-Schuster to a three-year, $25.5 million deal — arguably the worst free agency signing since the post-Tom Brady Patriots era began.

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Meyers, on the other hand, made the most of a rocky debut run with Las Vegas. He recorded a career-high in touchdowns (8) with 807 yards receiving while putting aside an early-season concussion scare in Week 1.

Albeit still early, Meyers seems perfectly content with where Belichick’s dollar delicacy led him.

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