Meredith joins Saints after Bears decline to match offer

Cameron Meredith is heading to the Saints

Cameron Meredith is heading to the Saints

The New Orleans Saints will land tight end Cameron Meredith after the Chicago Bears chose not to match the offer sheet Meredith signed with the Saints, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Because Chicago gave Meredith an original-round tender - and because Meredith entered the league as an undrafted free agent - the team will receive no compensation for his departure.

The Chicago Bears had five days to match the offer and automatically retain their young, talented wide receiver. Meredith barely played as a rookie and missed all of last season, but he caught 66 of 96 targets for 888 yards (9.3 per target) and four touchdowns across 14 games in 2016. In fact, he was emerging as the Bears' top receiving option and would have assumed that role last season had he not suffered his injury the third preseason game. The Saints already boast a top receiver in Michael Thomas, but they add both depth and speed in Meredith, who should come in during three and four-wide sets. Meredith hasn't experienced any setbacks up to this point and should be available to participate in the team organized workouts at some point this offseason.

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