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.