Robert Meachem is a 27-year old wide receiver with great speed who caught 40 passes for 620 touchdowns and six touchdowns last season with the New Orleans Saints.
Meachem had spent his entire career with New Orleans. He was the team's first-round draft pick in 2007, going 27th overall out to the University of Tennessee.
He is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was born and raised, and where he is simply known as "Robbie". His family owned a farm in Tulsa and he began roping cattle at the age of 6. He was also a standout basketball player at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa.
His decision to go to Tennessee over the University of Oklahoma had a lot to do with the fact that the Vols had sent so many receivers to the NFL, Alvin Harper, Peerless Price, Carl Pickens, Willie Gault among others.
He will now be Philip Rivers' deep threat and No. 1 wide receiver. He also carries the burden of making everyone forget about Vincent Jackson.
Jackson signed a 5-year $55 million deal with the Tampa Bay Bucs on Tuesday. Meachem will get a four-year contract worth $25.9 with $14 million in guaranteed money.
In five NFL seasons, Meachem has caught 23 touchdowns passes and averaged 16.1 yards per catch. He has tremendous speed (4.39 40 at the NFL combine in 2007) and has caught many a deep ball from one Drew Brees.
Last season Jackson caught 60 passes for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns. In his career he caught 272 passes for 4,754 yards and 37 TDs.
Meachem could be a bargain at that price, since he only started 25 games in four seasons for the Saints , (he missed his rookie year due to a knee injury) and was just one of many targets at the disposal of Brees. Meachem's best years an NFL pro may be ahead of him.
The Chargers are not done acquiring players at the wide receivers position, as Meachem joins Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown as the only wideouts left on the team's roster.
Free agents, Brandon Lloyd, Laurent Robinson and Mario Manningham, are all options as additional wide receiver signings by the Chargers, according to ESPN.
-Free agent RB Mike Tolbert likes San Diego and wants to stay with the Chargers, but his agent told CBS Sports this week there are about a half dozen teams interested in his services.
-As expected, offensive tackle Marcus McNeill was released by the Chargers on Tuesday.
-The Chargers tendered restricted free agent Brandyn Dombrowksi, which allows them to maintain negotiating rights and match any offer made by another team. Tendered offers to free agents Richard Goodman and Mike Windt allows the Chargers exclusive negotiating rights.
-Center Nick Hardwick was re-signed, agreeing to a three-year contract on Tuesday, the team announced.
"I'm just glad to be back and have a chance to work with Philip Rivers for the next several years and work with the guys on the line," Hardwick said via the Sporting News "
We can make some pretty good waves. We have a lot of room for improvement. "It's going to be exciting, and we'll see how good we can get, and we have to get good in a hurry. We can't flop around at the first of year. We have a lot of hard work ahead."
Photo: ICON SM Wide receiver (17) Robert Meachem of the New Orleans Saints warms up before the Saints 25-22 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.