New Orleans, La. - The Saints will *march on* into the 2013 season Sunday. High noon. The Atlanta Falcons will be in town.
And the Saints will have a familiar figure back in the fold... A wide receiver who was a key piece to their Super Bowl win.
Robert Meachem may not be the field stretcher he once was with the Saints, but the team feels as though he's good enough for a second go-round. Meachem has rejoined the team after one year in San Diego. The Saints say Meachem's deal is for one year at undisclosed dollars.
The signing means the team needed to make a roster move to free up space for Meachem. That move was to put linebacker Jonathan Vilma on the *designated to return* injured reserve list, meaning he could come back after seven weeks, but not before. As for Meachem, he was cut by the Chargers Saturday just one season into the four-year $14 million free-agent deal he signed with out West, including a $5 million signing bonus.
During the Super Bowl run in '09, the 28-year-old Meachem had a career-high nine touchdown grabs on just 45 catches.
While Meachem's production has dropped off, don't forget he knows Sean Payton's system, and the way offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Junior likes to play call. So, the Saints are probably hoping that while Meachem can still contribute on the field, he can also help coach up youngsters like Kenny Stills and Nick Toon.
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