Monday, February 25, 2013
San Diego's WR picture
By Tim Kavanagh
A new GM and HC joined the San Diego Chargers organization this offseason, and they'll be helming a team quarterbacked by former first-round pick Philip Rivers. There are a number of questions regarding personnel up and down the roster, and one of the positions that could see significant change is wide receiver.
Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown are under contract, and will be back. Floyd's production was somewhat diminished without Vincent Jackson on the other outside WR spot, but the team does have high hopes for Brown, who has battled health issues recently. In addition to those three, there's Danario Alexander (who signed mid-season and was quite productive), who will likely be back on a restricted free agent tender, as well as fellow RFA Richard Goodman, who also serves as a return man.
That brings us to Robert Meachem, who was the Chargers' big free agent signing of 2012. Early on in free agency last offseason, the Bolts inked Meachem to a four-year, $25.5 million contract with a $7.5 million signing bonus. There had been speculation this offseason that Meachem could be cut, but Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego explains that there are both financial and football reasons why this won't be the case. From the fiscal standpoint, Meachem's $5 million salary for 2013 is fully guaranteed, so cutting him would push his cap hit to $10.625 million; if he's kept on the roster, it's just $6.875 million. As for the on-field reasons, new GM Tom Telesco doesn't think things are as bad as others have painted them.
"I was actually watching the tape of him," Telesco said. "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."
2013 will be a big year for Meachem, as his 2014 salary is not guaranteed, and he could be released a year from now at a cap savings to the Bolts.