Mac Jones has a valuable target likely returning for the 2022 season.
The New England Patriots are using a second-round restricted free-agent tender on wide receiver Jakobi Meyers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero added the second-round tender is worth $3.986 million.
Meyers is still able to sign a contract with another team, however, any team that signs Meyers will have to send the Pats a second-round pick if New England decides not to match the deal.
The most likely scenario is that Meyers continues his ascension in Foxborough, where he led the Patriots in receptions last season (83) and yards (866). Meyers also tallied the first two touchdown catches of his career in 2021.
Expect the Patriots to continue to address the receiver position either in free agency this week or in next month's draft. NFL Network's Mike Giardi noted Sunday on Free Agency Frenzy that New England has done extensive work on veteran receivers who could be available, including a potential trade for Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson.
Rapoport also reported that Patriots are not going to tender fullback Jakob Johnson.
- The Arizona Cardinals agreed to a three-year, $31.65 million contract extension with tight end Zach Ertz, per Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo.
- The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms to re-sign wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie to a two-year deal, the team announced Sunday. The deal is for two years worth a total of $8 million, Rapoport reported.
- The Dallas Cowboys are re-signing wide receiver Michael Gallup to a five-year, $62.5 million contract, per Rapoport and NFL Network's Cam Wolfe.
- The Denver Broncos are not tendering restricted free-agent returner Diontae Spencer, Pelissero reported. The team announced it is extending exclusive rights free-agent tenders to inside linebacker Jonas Griffith, quarterback Brett Rypien and safety P.J. Locke.
- The Detroit Lions are re-signing special teamer C.J. Moore to a one-year contract worth up to $2.4 million with $800,000 in guarantees and re-signing interior offensive lineman Evan Brown to a one-year deal, per Rapoport.
- The Houston Texans redid linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis' contract to keep him with the team, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. Pierre-Louis had his salary reduced from $3.5 million to $2.4 million, but Pierre-Louis got half of it guaranteed in exchange.
- The Indianapolis Colts are not expected to tender restricted free-agent defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth, per Rapoport.
- The Minnesota Vikings agreed to a one-year contract extension with quarterback Kirk Cousins worth $35 million, per Pelissero.
- The New England Patriots are re-signing safety Devin McCourty to a one-year deal worth $9 million, per Rapoport.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they re-signed guard Aaron Stinnie.