MONDAY, 12:25pm: Meachem’s one-year deal with the Saints is a minimum salary benefit contract that features a $65K signing bonus, tweets Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. It’ll pay the receiver $920K if he sticks with the team, and will cost $635K against the cap.
FRIDAY, 11:20am: The Saints have added some depth to their wide receiver corps by bringing back a familiar face. According to a press release from the team, New Orleans has re-signed free agent wideout Robert Meachem to a one-year contract for 2014.
Meachem, 29, was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 2007 draft and spent five seasons with the team before playing in San Diego during the 2012 season. The Tennessee product returned to the Saints last season in a reduced role — after averaging 43 catches per season in New Orleans from 2009 to 2011, Meachem hauled in just 16 passes last season for 324 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
For 2014, Meachem will likely assume a similar role on the Saints’ depth chart, assuming he even earns a spot on the roster. The departure of Lance Moore could mean a few more balls to go around for the team’s receivers, but second-year wideout Kenny Stills will likely see an increasing number of those passes thrown in his direction.
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Meachem played on a minimum-salary contract last season and will almost certainly do so again this year.