Washington Redskins Can Boost Passing Game with Robert Meachem

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 06:  Robert Meachem #17 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins on December 6, 2009 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins can add some genuine downfield potential to their receiving corps by signing New Orleans Saints pass-catcher Robert Meachem.

The fifth-year pro is one of two Saints wideouts who are pending free agents. While Marques Colston has the bigger reputation, his cost will be higher and the Saints could be more reluctant to let Drew Bress' No. 1 target sign elsewhere.

Meachem is an up-and-coming receiver who should be anxious to become a primary weapon in the passing game.

The 6'2" 210-pounder has the physical attributes to suit Mike Shanahan's requirements for wideouts. He would give the Redskins offense a big target, capable of stretching the field.

Meachem is a tall burner with the deceptive speed and range to be a potent deep threat. He would add legitimate big-play capability to a Redskins offense that often struggles to produce big gains. He would give Kyle Shanahan the kind of playmaker he needs to justify his fondness for the downfield passing game.

At 27, Meachem satisfies the front office desire to construct a younger roster. The long striding flanker also has a penchant for finding the end zone, having snared 23 scoring passes in a limited role during his Saints career.

Whether the Redskins target a quarterback in free agency or via the draft, the new signal-caller will need to be surrounded with a more dynamic supporting cast.

Meachem has the intangibles and skill set to quickly become the No. 1 receiver for Washington's offense.

His lower potential contract value and eagerness to become a main receiver for an offense would make Meachem a smart acquisition with plenty of upside for the Redskins.