Robert Meachem re-signs with Saints, gets one-year deal

The Saints are bringing wide receiver Robert Meachem back for another season.

The eight-year veteran, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2007, signed a one-year contract, the Saints announced Friday. Terms were not released, but Meachem likely will receive the veteran’s minimum of $855,000.

Meachem rejoined the Saints just before the start of last season after being released by San Diego, with which he had signed a four-year contract in 2012. Seeing mostly backup duty, Meachem had 16 catches for 324 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season with three receptions for 109 yards in the team’s two playoff games.

That was decidedly less productivity than Meachem (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) showed in his first five seasons with the Saints, during which he had 149 catches for 2149 yards and 23 TDs. His 16.5 yards per-catch average with the Saints is the second-highest in club history.

Meachem’s role with the Saints should be the same this year, although the team also re-signed deep threat Joe Morgan, who missed the 2013 season with a knee injury. And as a rookie second-year man, Kenny Stills showed the same big-play proclivity that has marked Meachem’s career.

Returning starter Marques Colston and little-used third-year player Nick Toon are the other veterans on the roster at present.

Wide receiver is expected to be a position where the Saints could use a high draft pick. The Saints released Lance Moore in March, and he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The team begins voluntary offseason workouts Monday.