Days after ending a nightmarish stint with the San Diego Chargers, Robert Meachem is headed back to the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints announced the signing:
ESPN's Bill Williamson, via Adam Schefter, had the news first:
Meachem will be hoping a return to the team that drafted him in the first round in 2007 will serve as a shot in the arm for his suddenly declining career.
After signing a four-year, $25.9 million contract with the Bolts in March 2012, Meachem had a disastrous season, pulling in just 14 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns. To make matters worse, he had slipped below nearly every receiver on San Diego's depth chart this summer.
New general manager Tom Telesco finally decided enough was enough and took a significant cap hit in order to send Meachem on his way.
Nevertheless, one team's disappointment could very well be another team's treasure, especially when the relationship between team and player is already so strong.
Meachem spent his first four seasons (after missing 2007 with a knee injury) catching 141 passes from Drew Brees for 2,269 yards and 23 touchdowns, establishing himself as one of the most dangerous deep threats in the game.
Because Meachem already has chemistry with Brees, knows this system and has thrived in it (he had at least 600 yards and five touchdowns in three straight seasons), this is a situation fantasy owners will want to pay close attention to.
However, expectations will have to be tempered at first. The Saints already have Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Darren Sproles catching passes, while rookie Kenny Stills and second-year man Nick Toon have looked good in the preseason.
Still, when New Orleans spreads the field, Meachem will undoubtedly serve as a deep threat if the change of scenery indeed helps him rediscover his deadly speed.
If not, this is a low-risk move by the Saints, and one that could have big rewards.