Chargers Bring Back Antonio Garay With 2-Year Contract

The Chargers free agency continues as they bring back Antonio Garay on a two-year contract.

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Robert Meachem, Chargers Agree To 4-Year Contract

Robert Meachem agreed to a four-year contract with the San Diego Chargers, the team announced late Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not officially released, but Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports the deal is worth $25.9 million, which includes $14 million fully guaranteed.

Though Meachem's arrival coincides with VIncent Jackson's departure, it remains to be seen if he can fill the shoes left behind by the two-time Pro Bowler. Jackson topped 1,000 receiving yards in three of his last four years, with the lone exception being 2010 when he played in only five games due to injury. He agreed to a five-year, $55 million deal with the Buccaneers on Tuesday.

Meachem, on the other hand, has never gained more than 722 yards in his four seasons with the Saints, catching 40 passes for 620 yards and six touchdowns in 2011. Part of the reason his numbers have been limited is because he's played behind the likes of Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham and Devery Henderson throughout his career. The Chargers, on the other hand, no longer have a clear-cut No. 1 receiver, and Meachem should be given every chance to claim that role.

Meachem also received interest from the Buffalo Bills, which may have contributed to San Diego's decision to sign him on the first day of free agency.

For more on Meachem, check out Chargers blog Bolts From The Blue and Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles.


No Franchise Tag For Vincent Jackson; 'At Least 6 Teams Interested'

The San Diego Chargers will not place the Franchise Tag on wide receiver Vincent Jackson, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. This means that the Chargers will allow Jackson to enter free agency, where he's expected to draw a contract offer between $10-12 million. If the Chargers had kept Jackson for one more season, he would have counted $13.7 million against the salary cap. They are reportedly still interested in Jackson, but only on a multi-year deal in which the cap hit can be spread out over multiple seasons.

Jackson is sure to draw plenty of interest around the league. He has the highest yard-per-catch average among receivers over the past four seasons among those with at least 152 catches, according to the Union-Tribune. Jackson has racked up 201 receptions, 28 touchdowns and more than 3,600 yards in that time, despite playing just five games in 2010.

Jackson's fate could be decided as early as March 13, when free agency officially opens.

For more on Jackson's situation, be sure to check out Chargers blog Bolts from the Blue.

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