New Orleans Saints trying to steal Cameron Meredith from Bears


Almost a month into the free agency period, the level of talent still available on the open market has significantly dropped off.

Joining the Saints would reunite Meredith with wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson, who previously served in the same role for the Bears.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that the #New Orleans Saints had signed wide receiver #Cameron Meredith to an offer sheet.

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The Bears were swift to match the offer sheet Kyle Fuller signed with the Green Bay Packers. They could have instead gone with a second-round tender that would have paid him $2.9 million and virtually eliminated the chance of an offer sheet.

However, the team has made a strong effort in keeping him aboard placing the lowest tender on him this offseason. A former Illinois State quarterback, Meredith signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015. In two seasons in Chicago, Meredith has 77 receptions, 1,008 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.

Meredith visited the Saints, Colts and Ravens in recent weeks. The Bears now possess more than enough salary cap space to match the offer sheet with just more than $31 million at their disposal. With new receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel in the fold, however, the Bears could decide to let Meredith walk.