NFL rumors: Josh McDaniels keeps building the Las Vegas Patriots
Josh McDaniels wants every New England Patriots team to play for the Las Vegas Raiders nowadays.
When it comes to building the Las Vegas Raiders, Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler want all the former New England Patriots they can get.
After signing former Patriots backup and San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo into free agency, the Raiders signed Patriots wide receiver who literally handed them a game in Jakobi Meyers. No one remembers it more than, you guessed it, another former Patriots star on the Edge climber Chandler Jones. He doesn’t come out that door!
$33 million and $21 million guaranteed for three years isn’t a bad deal for the Patriots powerhouse receiver.
SOURCES: #Raiders #Patriots FA WR Jakobi Meyers signs to a 3-year deal for $33 million with $21 million guaranteed. Another link in NE-Las Vegas and a weapon for Jimmy Garoppolo. The deal was negotiated by Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey. pic.twitter.com/tOUDNVrDUF
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2023
Let’s see if the Las Vegas Patriots will be a real thing or totally blow up in McDaniels’ face.
NFL rumours: Josh McDaniels is heading broke to collect the Las Vegas Patriots
There’s no doubt about it, last season was a rocky start for McDaniels and Ziegler in Las Vegas. The Raiders had been a playoff team the previous year, despite the scandalous ouster of John Gruden and Rich Pesaccia did a great job in the meantime. Las Vegas picks seventh overall and just kicked its former stable presence to the brink in Derek Carr. At least they were able to add Garoppolo…
Given how strong the Kansas City Chiefs are at the top of the division, nothing will be easy for the Silver and Black in the AFC West. However, it’s not like McDaniels’ former employer the Denver Broncos run him exceptionally well and no team underplays more frequently than the Los Angeles Chargers. So yeah, there’s a chance the Raiders could finish in second place and make the playoffs.
Ultimately, Myers won’t move the needle in terms of a free agent acquisition for the Raiders, but he’ll be more in line with the type of team McDaniels hopes to build. While I understand he has very strong ties to the Patriots, he wouldn’t get another chance to be a head coach if he bombed this thing. He must trust his instincts and be himself this time around.
Maybe Myers can throw the football to a Patriots linebacker the next time a game is on the line?