Jan 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem (17) looks back as he scores on a 56 yard touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter in the 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Lions 45-28. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

San Diego Chargers sign Saints WR Robert Meachem to 4-year deal

San Diego Chargers have signed a four-year deal worth $25.9 million, $14 million fully guaranteed, with former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem, the team announced late Tuesday night.

Early Tuesday, the New Orleans Saints re-signed top wide-out Marques Colston giving him a $40 million dollar contract with $19 million guaranteed.

Meachem reportedly met with the Buffalo Bills along with former Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams late Tuesday night.

With limited wide receivers on the free agent market after the the Washington Redskins signed former Indianapolis Colt Pierre Garcon, former San Francisco 49er Josh Morgan, and former Denver Bronco Eddie Royal, they leaped at the opportunity to grab Meachem.

Meachem will likely become a premiere wide-out for the San Diego Chargers who lost their top receiver, Vincent Jackson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to free agency after not applying the franchise tag.

Meachem caught 141 passes for 2,269 yards and 23 touchdowns with the Saints since being drafted in the first round out of Tennessee in 2007.

In 2011, Robert Meachem had 40 catches for 620 yards, averaging 15.5 yards per catch, while reeling in six touchdowns.

This likely means that wide receivers Devery Henderson or Adrian Arrington will likely fill his role in the Saints offense.

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