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Nearly as quick as Jackson signed with Tampa, San Diego added more depth to the position by signing free agent Robert Meachem.
According to ESPN.com, the deal will be for four years and $25.9 million with $14 million guaranteed.
Meachem comes from the high-flying aerial game of New Orleans. The former Tennessee Volunteer was the first-round pick of the Saints back in 2007 and has 23 career touchdowns in his first four seasons.
Meachem does not come to San Diego as a foreign player to management. GM A.J. Smith originally sought him out in the 2007 draft, but the Saints took him three spots before the Chargers could. Smith opted for Buster Davis, who has been a bust by his standards. However, now with him on the team, Smith will hopefully vindicate his interest.
Coming from the Saints passing attack, Meachem did not get as many touches as you would expect out of a top receiver. However, the game plan in New Orleans relies on spreading out the ball as much as possible. The Saints have an incredible six players in the top 100 receptions last season.
Meachem was last on that list, but his nine catches for 20-plus yards was third best on the team.
Floyd suffered most when Jackson was not on the field, as defenses would not honor a deep threat in the Chargers attack. Safeties would come up and defend the out-routes and short crossing slot patterns Floyd ran, giving Philip Rivers nowhere to throw the ball.
Meachem will serve the role of going downfield to spread out the secondary. He is one of the league's fastest player in an all-out sprint, and though he is not the best route-runner, he has the kind of speed necessary to make cornerbacks honor him.
Ultimately, Floyd’s success will depend on how much of a threat Meachem can become.