Chargers express faith, sort of, in free-agent bust Robert Meachem
The Chargers can't cut Robert Meachem because of the cap hit they'd take. They can only hope the enigmatic wideout blossoms under new coach Mike McCoy.
|Chargers WR Robert Meachem set career lows with 207 receiving yards and two TDs in 2012. (USATSI)|
It’s never a good sign when a general manager says this about his team’s biggest free-agent acquisition: “When he played a little more, he looked pretty good to me.”
The GM, San Diego’s Tom Telesco, was talking to the Union-Tribune about Robert Meachem, the wideout who caught 14 passes after being given $14 million guaranteed.
Telesco can’t be blamed for what looks like a horrific signing. It was A.J. Smith’s doing. But Meachem is Telesco’s problem now.
Meachem, 28, has a guaranteed salary of $5 million this season, and cutting him would result in a $10.6-million cap hit, the paper reported. His cap number is $3.75 million less if the Chargers keep him.
So the Chargers have to hope Meachem blossoms under the new regime. The paper reports coach Mike McCoy and wide receivers coach Fred Graves “reached out” to Meachem shortly after being hired and “indicated their desire to move forward together.”
Telesco told the paper he watched tape of Meachem's 2012 season. It wasn't pretty, as Meachem set career lows with 207 receiving yards and two touchdowns while catching 14 of 32 targets from Philip Rivers.
“Early on in the year when he played a little more, he looked pretty good to me, so I’m excited to see him in OTAs, running routes, up close and personal and get to know him a little better,” Telesco said.
The Chargers signed Meachem to a four-year, $25.9-million deal on the same day that Vincent Jackson left San Diego for the Buccaneers. Meachem spent his first four seasons with the Saints. His best year was 2009 when he had 45 catches for 722 yards and nine touchdowns.
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