Meachem had a dreadful 2012 season when he ranked 112th in the NFL with two touchdown receptions, 137th in receiving yards per game and 227th in receptions.
According to Tom Krasovic of utsandiego.com, “Whether he’s on the team or not, Robert Meachem is guaranteed $5 million this year. Meachem has looked decent, at best, in camp. On shorter routes, defenders tend to stick to him.”
Bryan Rose of fansided.com said that the Chargers were unable to find a trade partner for Meachem. Meachem ranks third on San Diego’s depth chart at the number one wide receiver spot behind Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown.
This speaks to how San Diego’s coaching staff views Meachem because Brown missed the entire 2012 season and seven of San Diego’s 10 practices, but is still ahead of him on the depth chart.
Thursday’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks could be huge for Meachem, though he will probably go up against backups.
Smith made the decision to let Vincent Jackson go, and he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson led the NFL in yards per reception, ranked fifth in receiving yards per game and 15th in TD receptions. Smith’s decision to sign Meachem and punt returner Eddie Royal over re-signing Jackson was a major mistake on his part.
One thing that could keep Meachem from being released or traded other than his contract is his durability. Meachem missed three games in five NFL seasons which is important because most of San Diego’s receivers who will get playing time have had injury problems.
Meachem’s cap hit of $6.9 million in 2013 ranks third on San Diego’s roster and 11th among wide receivers. Meachem is not San Diego’s third best player nor is he a close to 11th among receivers.
It will be interesting to see what San Diego’s front office does with Meachem because he has three years and about $22.2 million left on his deal.