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Saints News, 9/3/13: Saints Confirm WR Robert Meachem Signed To 1-Year Deal Today

This is very surprising. If the Saints had waited until next week to sign him, they reportedly could have cut him at some later point and not been on the hook for his full salary. Now it looks like they're committed and this isn't just a temporary "retire as a Saint" signing. Meachem was recently released by the Chargers after a disappointing short run there. To make room for him on the 53-man roster, the Saints placed LB Jonathan Vilma on IR with designation to return later this season.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> have signed WR Robert Meachem to a 1-year deal! <a href="http://t.co/X0fr8BDTPQ">pic.twitter.com/X0fr8BDTPQ</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/374999397467422720">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints welcome back WR Robert Meachem; signing a one-year deal today.</p>&mdash; Greg Bensel (@GregBensel) <a href="https://twitter.com/GregBensel/statuses/374998628248469504">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>NFL reporting Jonathan Vilma would miss at least first 7 weeks if placed on IR, that would create the roster spot for Meachem.</p>&mdash; Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/DMoutonWWL/statuses/375002597054103553">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>So Meachem signed officially and Vilma to soft IR with return designation. Andy Tanner stays.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/375003075737841664">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Meachem signing is no risk / high reward. San Diego pays the vast majority of the salary. Good signing for the Saints and for Meachem.</p>&mdash; Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) <a href="https://twitter.com/DMoutonWWL/statuses/375003168200855552">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Makes the most sense. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet">@RapSheet</a>: Sources: The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> plan to place LB Jonathan Vilma (knee) on Injured Reserve designated to return</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/375003918738403328">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints planning to put Vilma on short-term IR <a href="http://t.co/rppwuyNpqM">http://t.co/rppwuyNpqM</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/375004340534378496">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>And it&#39;s official. Roster move must now be made. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/GregBensel">@GregBensel</a>: Saints welcome back WR Robert Meachem; signing a one-year deal today.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/374998856691625985">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Per sources on the Meachem to <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> I can tell u nothing is imminent both sides are interested in reuniting. After week 1 is more likely.</p>&mdash; Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1/statuses/374986477622788096">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>LOMMIS!!!! RT <a href="https://twitter.com/JABC0">@JABC0</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GarlicSmash&amp;src=hash">#GarlicSmash</a> RT <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1">@KristianGaric1</a>: Per sources on the Meachem to <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> I can tell u nothing is imminent</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/374987742029283328">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> to re-sign receiver Robert Meachem, per source | <a href="http://t.co/JYiJbAHvzZ">http://t.co/JYiJbAHvzZ</a> <a href="http://t.co/VyAPY6KMWv">http://t.co/VyAPY6KMWv</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/374990894488776704">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Kristian: Robert Meachem to re-sign with the Saints <a href="http://t.co/sUeiLHMzIz">http://t.co/sUeiLHMzIz</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/374985704075714561">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Y&#39;all know Meachem is going all 3 for 107 Sunday afternoon, right? And it&#39;s gonna be glorious.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/374985276655149056">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Andy Tanner reacts to the Meachem signing: <a href="http://t.co/EfI163XGs9">http://t.co/EfI163XGs9</a></p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/374982370329657344">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>League source confirms <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> planning to re-sign WR Robert Meachem after bringing him in for visit today. No word on who will be released.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/374981642894336000">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Retweet this for a chance to win a signed football by me: Join us this Friday at <a href="https://twitter.com/GleasonGras">@GleasonGras</a>: <a href="http://t.co/StnQ8kPzSU">http://t.co/StnQ8kPzSU</a></p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/statuses/374980520029192192">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Having a little fun on a day off! <a href="http://t.co/jPzfLcyOaF">pic.twitter.com/jPzfLcyOaF</a></p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/statuses/374978812884578305">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I&#39;m a little surprised Meachem didn&#39;t get lost on the way to the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> practice facility. You&#39;d figure he&#39;d take a bad route.</p>&mdash; Rick (@PureMushin) <a href="https://twitter.com/PureMushin/statuses/374975714522439680">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>THE RETURN OF THE MEACH AROUND</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/374978378056867840">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Guess its official. Wow. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter">@AdamSchefter</a>: Saints re-signing WR Robert Meachem, per ESPN&#39;s Bill Williamson.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/374977772365828097">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Wow! Robert Meachem could be coming back according to numerous reports. Does this cost Andy Tanner his job?</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/374975669178232832">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Loomis says Khiry Robinson was just a tryout guy but runs like &quot;every carry is last carry of his life&quot; and forced <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@saints</a> to keep 5 RBs</p>&mdash; sportsNOLA.com (@sportsNOLA) <a href="https://twitter.com/sportsNOLA/statuses/374944451606487040">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a>: Michel Gleason talks <a href="https://twitter.com/GleasonGras">@GleasonGras</a>, Pelicans&#39; <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonSmith014">@JasonSmith014</a> and a <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ATLvsNO&amp;src=hash">#ATLvsNO</a> preview: <a href="http://t.co/Yezspy5LhE">http://t.co/Yezspy5LhE</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/374942428815298560">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Tuesday...&#10;Leg day/film day <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23getahead&amp;src=hash">#getahead</a></p>&mdash; Will Herring (@wherring54) <a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54/statuses/374941791536939008">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>More brilliance from "<a href="https://twitter.com/EdgeofSports">@EdgeofSports</a>. Spot on comparison of Goodell &amp; Walter White. <a href="http://t.co/A4t5lbf3Fn">http://t.co/A4t5lbf3Fn</a>"</p>&mdash; Joe Casale (@sportsJC16) <a href="https://twitter.com/sportsJC16/statuses/374919383837335553">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Guy called me &quot;retarted.&quot;</p>&mdash; mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/mikefreemanNFL/statuses/374914158954704896">September 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Robert Meachem Returns To Saints

WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports - Kristian: Robert Meachem To Re-sign With The Saints
However, it likely won’t be before the Falcons game.  As a vested veteran with more than four years in the NFL, if the Saints signed him before the first game, the team would be on the hook for his entire contract for the whole season.  Under NFL rules, if they sign him in week two, they could then cut him at any point later in the season and not owe him any contract money.

New Orleans Saints to re-sign receiver Robert Meachem, per source | NOLA.com
Meachem thrived as situational deep threat with Saints from 2007-2011 before struggling with San Diego Chargers

Report: Robert Meachem on the verge of return to Saints | ProFootballTalk
Robert Meachem joined a lengthy list when the former Saints wide receiver turned his production on a high-powered offense into a big contract with another team as a free agent. Meachem was a total flop with the Chargers, catching 14 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns during the 2012 season.

Saints decide to bring back Robert Meachem
Robert Meachem will re-sign with the New Orleans Saints a year after leaving the team as a big ticket free agent, sources tell sportsNOLA.com. Terms of the contract are not known, and the necessary roster move to make room for Meachem is also a mystery at the moment.

Report: Wide receiver Robert Meachem to sign with Saints | wwltv.com New Orleans
Wide receiver Robert Meachem is returning to the Saints, according to a report on ESPN.

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Other Saints News

Report: Jonathan Vilma likely to miss a few games | ProFootballTalk
Over the weekend, there was a report that Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma could be sufficiently recovered from his recent knee surgery to play in the team's season opener against the Falcons. We're a couple of days closer to that game and Vilma's presence in the lineup is looking unlikely.

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma likely to miss season opener against Atlanta Falcons - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma likely to miss season opener against Atlanta Falcons. New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma likely to miss season opener against Atlanta Falcons

Black and Gold Today: Jonathan Vilma news, defensive analysis and more - Video | NOLA.com
Sports reporter Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Larry Holder discuss the Saints' defensive outlook five days before hosting the Atlanta Falcons in week 1. Watch every weekday for your snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints.

Saints linebackers ready to answer questions | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans Saints outside linebackers Martez Wilson, Junior Galette and Parys Haralson know people think their position group is one of th…

Saints Nation: Pro Football Focus Recap, Grading the Saints' Preseason
I'm a big fan of Pro Football Focus, as you probably know, as it continues to be the go-to reference for "experts" evaluating players. Seriously though, it's a nice resource, and because I don't grade the Saints players in the preseason I like paying close attention to it to see who they deem is playing best.

New Orleans Saints Morning Break
A sampling of what's being written about your favorite team and its upcoming opponent

Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, September 3
Gleason Gras will be held Sept. 6

Get to Know 2013 New Orleans Saintsation Brooke Mixon
Get to know 2013 New Orleans Saintsation Brooke Mixon

John DeShazier: Undrafted rookies know they'll get a fair shot with New Orleans Saints
Six made the initial 53-man roster this season

Saints roster delivers on promise to be destination for young talent | wwltv.com New Orleans
Sean Payton has long said those involved in making personnel decisions at the Saints’ Airline Drive facility look not at where the player comes from, but how he’s handling the game itself.

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Week 1 this Sunday: Falcons @ Saints

New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis says Falcons game will be 'real good test'
Loomis spoke at the Quarterback Club's weekly meeting

Gallette on Saints: "We want to dominate the division" | ProFootballTalk
The NFL could get away with teeing up a bunch of subpar matchups in Week One, under the Eddie Murphy theory of a starving man eating a cracker.  (Turn the speakers off before playing that one, please.  We want you to remain employed because you're our friend.  And so you can support our sponsors.

Best Falcons Vs. Saints Trash Talk Memes
Awww…can’t wait to see baby bro get that noogie on Sunday!

Payton keeping quiet | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Because Monday was what he calls a "bonus day," New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton wasn’t required to turn in an official practice partic…

Mickles: Saints happy to labor as game week begins | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Monday was the day New Orleans Saints coaches and players have been looking forward to for 41/2 months. They didn’t even mind working on La…

NFC South Roundup: Week One
While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to New York to play the Jets and the Carolina Panthers prepare to welcome the Seattle Seahawks to town, the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints will open the season with the NFC South's first intra-division battle.

5 things we learned at Falcons practice | Atlanta Falcons | www.ajc.com
FLOWERY BRANCH -- The first regular-season practice is in the books. Here's what we learned today: 1.

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Around the League

How Roger Goodell Is Breaking Bad | The Nation
There is a disturbing amount of Walter White in the NFL Commissioner.

Ex-Saints LB Fujita Not Sure Concussion Settlement Good News
In an essay published Monday by the New York Times, Fujita said he expected a settlement. "What I didn't expect," he wrote, "was to feel so oddly conflicted about it."

Jimmy Williams, former Saint Rich Mauti sue NFL | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
A former New Orleans Saints wide receiver and a Baton Rouge high school coach are among four ex-NFL players suing the league and the helmet…

Media member Bart Scott rips media "jerks" in Jets’ locker room | ProFootballTalk
Scott, who played for the Jets the last four seasons and retired this year, said on WFAN this morning that the reporters who cover the Jets are a destructive force, and the best thing to do is avoid them.

Report: Sanchez won’t be able to go this week | ProFootballTalk
In recent days, the sea change in New York has been noticeable, as reports have emerged that paint quarterback Geno Smith as the favorite of the Jets’ coaching staff.

More tests for Mingo before Browns will rule him out | ProFootballTalk
Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo is doing some work on the field, but CEO Joe Banner said it’s still too soon to know if he’ll play this week, after Mingo suffered a bruised lung in the preseason.

Gronkowski’s timetable to play remains up in the air | ProFootballTalk
With Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski back at practice after multiple offseason surgeries (several to his arm, one to his back), it's unclear when he'll be able to play.

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Lagniappe

Brees Dream Foundation, Companies With A Mission to change lives with 4th Super Service Challenge
Indianapolis, In. – Tuesday marks the launch of the 4th Super Service Challenge, which is hosted by Companies With A Mission (CWAM)and The Brees Dream Foundation. These two organizations will come together to award over $1,000,000 amongst hundreds of charities nationwide as part of the 2013 Super Service Challenge.

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Video

VIDEO: One on One with Mickey Loomis
New Orleans Saints Senior Writer John DeShazier speaks with New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President and General Manager Mickey Loomis at the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club meeting on Tuesday, September 3. (New Orleans Saints video)