Robert Meachem signed a four year deal with the San Diego Chargers worth $25.9 million on March 13, 2012. Meachem spent the first four years of his NFL career with the New Orleans Saints. The 27 year old Meachem said that he left New Orleans and signed with San Diego for more chances to get receptions. Meachem’s best season came in 2009 when he had 45 receptions, 722 yards and nine touchdown receptions. Meachem’s nine TD receptions in 2009 were tied for first on New Orleans while his 722 yards were third on their roster.
Meachem finished the 2010 season with 44 receptions, 638 yards and five TD receptions which put him in third on New Orleans’ roster in all three categories. Meachem had 40 receptions, 620 yards and six TD receptions in 2011 which put him fifth on New Orleans’ roster in yards and TD receptions. The best regular season game in Meachem’s career came against the Washington Redskins in 2009 when he had eight receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown. Meachem’s best playoff game happened during the 2011 season when he had four receptions, 111 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions.
While Meachem’s receptions and receiving yards from 2010 decreased in 2011, his yards per reception and TD receptions increased. Vincent Jackson led San Diego in receiving yards in 2008, 2009 and 2011 while he led the team in receiving yards and TD receptions in 2009 and 2011. Jackson was the biggest free agent loss for San Diego while Meachem was the team’s biggest free agent signing in terms of the money spent to bring him in. Meachem averaged 43 receptions, 660 yards and about seven TD receptions from 2009-2011. Jackson averaged 62 receptions, 1,124 yards and eight TD receptions in his last three full seasons. I do not expect Meachem to match Jackson’s production, but he should be able to make an impact with the Chargers.