Cameron Meredith is officially set to join the New Orleans Saints, with the Chicago Bears failing to match his $9.6 million offer sheet. The Bears had five days to match the offer that was put forward by the Saints, and appear to have left the offer on the table due to doubts over Meredith’s knee.
It may have taken wide receiver Cameron Meredith a couple of seasons to get going at the Soldier Field, but the homegrown prospect will certainly be missed by Bears fans. Having suffered a serious knee injury in a preseason game against the Titans last September, Meredith was forced to miss the entire 2017 season, yet many at the Bears were confident that the 25-year-old would make a full recovery.
When the New Orleans Saints signed Meredith on the two-year offer sheet worth an estimated $9.6 million (plus $5.4m in guarantees), it seemed likely that the Bears would match the offer; however, general manager Ryan Pace clearly had different ideas, with reports that Meredith’s surgically reconstructed knee played a significant factor in Pace’s decision making.
One thing for sure is that letting Meredith leave for free will do little to appease Bears fans. Whilst Pace has picked up two promising WR’s in Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, his handling of Meredith’s free agency will not go unscrutinised.
The Bears’ loss is good news for the Saints however. Meredith caught 66 balls for 888 yards back in 2016, and with Saints QB Drew Brees experiencing something of a down season in 2017, a new partnership could light a fire under Brees as he approaches his 18th year in the NFL
Here’s what Meredith had to say: “It was just the right move for the Bears as a whole and as a team. As for me, as a player, we just felt this was the best way to go,”
“I think in the grand scheme of things, I don’t really know the specific details why they did it, or why they didn’t. I can just control what I can control and do going forward.”