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New England Patriots place second-round bid to receive chief Jakobi Meyers

The New England Patriots’ best wide receiver of the past two seasons is about to be back for another.

The organization offered restricted free agent Jakobi Meyers in the second round, as his agent Drew Rosenhaus said. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport on Sunday.

Meyers, 25, is expected to earn an unsecured $3.986 million as a result in 2022.

The NFL’s additional bidding values ​​were set at $5.432 million for the first round, $2.540 million for the initial round, and $2.433 million for the right of first refusal. In the event a team submits an offer sheet to Meyers and the Patriots refuse to match, a second-round draft pick would be traded as compensation.

The North Carolina state product originally arrived on a three-year, $1.765 million contract in the spring of 2019. The deal included a signing bonus of $10,000 and a guaranteed base salary of $60,000 for an undrafted rookie who went on to appear in 46 games.

After his 81 targets, 59 receptions and 729 receiving yards as the NFL’s second emerging student, Meyers once again led New England in all three categories last season. He did so while carrying a base salary of $850,000.

Meyers’ 83 catches on 126 attempts turned into 866 yards. And after throwing two touchdowns already, the two-star Wolfpack quarterback rookie from Arabia Mountain High School in Georgia was rocked in the first pair of his career.

Those long-awaited trips to the end zone came against the Cleveland Browns in November and the Jacksonville Jaguars in January.

On a reinvested depth chart featuring Kendrick Bourne’s three-year, $15 million deal and Nelson Agholor’s two-year, $22 million deal, Meyers started 16 games. He played 84.1% of offensive snaps in the process, which finished behind rookie quarterback Mac Jones and veteran inside linemen Shaq Mason and David Andrews.

Of which 66.3% took place in the Meyers slot, by Focus on professional football.

He expressed interest in staying with New England following the AFC playoff exit against the Buffalo Bills.

“Honestly, I feel like I just got better as a player, as a person, all of it,” the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Meyers said of his time at Foxborough. “I think back to my first day in the league, where I was mentally, I just wasn’t who I am today. I just feel like a much better player, a much better man. And when you have a situation like that, it’s something you want to hang on to.

Former first-team All-Pro returner Gunner Olszewski and International Player Pathway fullback Jakob Johnson also registered as restricted free agents for the Patriots. Both also earned $850,000 in base salary last season. The latter will not be put out to tender, according to several reports.

The NFL’s legal trading window opens at 12 p.m. ET Monday. The league’s New Year follows at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, coinciding with the deadline for clubs to submit offers to restricted free agents.