Jakobi Meyers' reaction to JuJu Smith-Schuster signing is a jab at Patriots
Jakobi Meyers throws shade at Patriots in reaction to JuJu signing originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Jakobi Meyers (and the rest of the NFL community) couldn't help but notice the irony.
The New England Patriots reportedly are signing free-agent wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to a three-year contract worth $ 33 million. If you'll recall, that's essentially the same contract Meyers will receive from the Las Vegas Raiders.
Here's how Meyers reacted to that development Wednesday afternoon:
By many accounts, Meyers was a popular member of the Patriots' locker room, blossoming from an undrafted free-agent signing into New England's most productive receiver and Mac Jones' favorite target. NFL Network's Mike Giardi suggested Tuesday that several Patriots players weren't thrilled the team didn't re-sign Meyers, and it appears the Raiders landed Meyers for slightly less than some believed he'd fetch on the open market.
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But the Patriots' actions -- letting Meyers walk and signing Smith-Schuster to essentially the same deal -- indicate that they feel Smith-Schuster is the more talented player.
Smith-Schuster does have an impressive pedigree: He caught 111 passes for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns during a Pro Bowl season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018 and is coming off a 78-catch, 933-yard campaign for the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
So, it appears the Patriots made a business decision by swapping out Meyers for Smith-Schuster -- a fact that certainly wasn't lost on Meyers.
For what it's worth, the Patriots will visit the Raiders in Las Vegas this fall.