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Chargers swipe Meachem away

The San Diego Chargers announced they have a four-year deal with free-agent receiver Robert Meachem.

The Chargers struck the deal, even though Meachem was on a visit in Buffalo with the Bills. San Diego was in dire need of a receiver after losing its No. 1 wideout, Vincent Jackson, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency earlier Tuesday evening. One would think the Chargers made a big increase in their bid over what the Bills and Meachem's agent were discussing.

Meachem's deal is for $29 million over four years, with $14 million guaranteed, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. That's a per-year average of $7.25 million, the same as the Bills gave to Stevie Johnson. Johnson's deal is much better overall. He got $24 million the first three years and $19.5 million guaranteed. Nevertheless, it's another example of how free-agent bidding gets heated.

The deal was the latest in a string of moves made on wide receivers on the first day of free agency. Jackson, Marques Colston, Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan were the prominent wideouts who signed contracts. 

Receivers still on the market include Dallas' Laurent Robinson, St. Louis' Brandon Lloyd, the Giants' Mario Manningham and Arizona's Early Doucet. There is a lot of speculation Lloyd will reunite with his former head coach, Josh McDaniels, in New England. The NFL Netrowk reports he will visit San Francisco. Robinson has been rumored to be in the sights of Miami, Jacksonville and Dallas.

---Mark Gaughan



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