Few teams (if any) have been in more need of wide receivers than the San Diego Chargers, so their cutting of Robert Meachem speaks volumes to just how far the former first round pick has fallen.
Meachem, who spent the first five seasons of his career with the New Orleans Saints signed on with the Chargers last season in hopes of taking over their number one role.
That didn’t exactly work out as Meachem spent a large portion of the year nursing injuries and when he did see the field, the results were very sub-par. Things didn’t get any better this preseason as Meachem was still injured and looked relatively awful on the practice field, resulting in the Chargers waiving him today.
The Chargers will pay Robert Meachem a $5 million salary this season to play somewhere else.
They notified the wide receiver Saturday afternoon they’ve “let him go,” a source said, a presumed release that ends a high-priced union that proved a poor fit for both sides. The cut comes before the second season of a four-year contract that fully guaranteed Meachem $14 million, including a $7.5 million signing bonus and his $5 million base salary this year.
Meachem caught 14 balls during his tenure with the Chargers – each catch good for $1 million bucks.