Originally written on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Nfl_players_rookie_97a1
Saints' former first round pick Robert Meachem has agreed to a 4 year deal with the San Diego Chargers that will see him leave New Orleans. The Chargers lost their star receiver Vincent Jackson to the Tampa Bay Bucs earlier in the day and quickly moved to replace him. Several teams showed interest in Meachem, most notably the Buffalo Bills who made a strong play to land him early on the first day of free agency. In the end Meachem got a nice deal with the Chargers, though, for $25.9 million and $14 million guaranteed and he gets to play on a pretty good team with a solid quarterback. That's a steep price to pay for Meachem that the Saints never have any intention of matching, but he may prove he can succeed if given starter minutes.

While Meachem never reached his full potential in New Orleans, partly due to lack of playing time, there's no doubt he was an explosive playmaker. In the 4 seasons he actually played he scored 23 touchdowns and he averaged a healthy 16.1 yards per reception. The Saints also lose an elite blocker in Meachem, though my biggest complete with him was his refusal to ever take a hit as he was always quick to go down and head for the sidelines. The Saints will lean on Adrian Arrington and possibly Joseph Morgan to replace him. What will forever immortalize him in Saints' history is this play:

 

Thanks for the memories #17. You're a great player and you will be missed. I'm glad you were able to find an opportunity that will pay you well.

As for Carl Nicks, he is apparently currently in Tampa and the Bucs are making a hard push to sign him. The Bucs have the most cap room in the league, we already know Nicks wants to be the highest paid guard in NFL history, and Tampa sounds ready to make him just that. Sadly it looks like he'll be a Buc in a matter of hours. We'll see how this plays out but I'm not optimistic.

The Saints clearly aren't, either, because they are already planning for Nicks' departure by targeting Ravens' guard Ben Grubbs. A pro bowl alternate this past year and former 1st round pick, Grubbs is widely regarded as the best guard in free agency after Nicks. Clearly that position is very important to the Saints. It sounds like Grubbs is going to be an expensive pickup, though. Can the Saints afford him based on their cap situation? Are they prepared to offer him what they reportedly put on the table for Nicks? We shall see.

So far the only other free agent name that has surfaced as the Saints going after is linebacker David Hawthorne, formerly of the Seahawks. There is no question he'd be a huge upgrade to a unit that's been largely terrible last season.

Stay tuned... lots of information coming in quickly.

[follow] 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Discussions to bring NFL team to L.A. are progressing

Report: Chris Mullin expected to take St. John's job

Michigan State beats Louisville, punches Final Four ticket

Ex-NHL player viciously attacks opponent before game

Rick Barnes a possibility for Tennessee coaching job?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: NFL looking into Bill Belichick's camera ideas

Saints CB Brian Dixon arrested in Miami

CC Sabathia goes off about spring training stats

Kentucky remains unbeaten after thrilling win over ND

Alabama DT arrested on domestic violence charges again

John Calipari blasted for postgame interview

Adam Morrison trolled fan who made JJ Redick comment

Jim Harbaugh finished fourth in student government election

WATCH: Notre Dame gets warm reception upon return home

WATCH: Kris Letang hospitalized after hit

Aaron Rodgers, sports writer get into it over on-court access

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Jim McElwain complains about Florida roster

Mark Few: I put Coach K up there with John Wooden

WATCH: Enes Kanter embraces boos in return to Utah

Mariners prospect dies from boat accident injuries

T.J. Ford sends heartfelt tweet about Rick Barnes

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Chris Mullin to take St. John's job

Report: NFL looking into more cameras

CC Sabathia goes off about spring stats

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.