The San Diego Chargers signed Robert Meachem to a four-year deal worth $25.9 million on March 13, 2012. Meachem was brought in to replace three-time Pro Bowler Vincent Jackson.
In 15 games, Meachem had 14 receptions, 207 yards and two touchdown receptions. Jackson had 216 receiving yards and a touchdown in one game against the New Orleans Saints. Jackson ranked fifth in the NFL with a career-high 1,384 receiving yards, ranked 15th in TD receptions and 25th in receptions. Meachem ranked 192nd in receiving yards, 121st in TD receptions and 227th in receptions.
Meachem had career-lows in receptions per game, receiving yards per game and TD receptions in 2012. San Diego’s front office has to think about releasing Meachem during the off-season.
Meachem was a major reason why San Diego ranked 22nd in receiving yards during the 2012 season. San Diego should re-sign former St. Louis Rams receiver Danario Alexander, who ranked 22nd in receiving yards per game and was on pace to rank fourth in TD receptions had he played in all 16 games.
San Diego’s front office should go after Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe or Greg Jennings in free agency as well. If San Diego is able to sign one of these receivers and bring back Alexander, Meachem should be released.
Meachem’s best season happened in 2009 when he had 45 receptions, 722 receiving yards and nine TD receptions, so no one expected him to match Jackson’s production, but he was a horrible replacement in 2012.
There were changes made to the coaching staff to improve San Diego’s offense and I expect to see changes made with the players on offense as well.
Meachem had knee surgery during the off-season last year, so he could be better in 2013, but I do not expect this to happen.