Former Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith released by New Orleans Saints


Ryan Pace was right.

The Bears general manager took some heat in 2018 when he placed an original-round tender on then-restricted free agent wide receiver Cameron Meredith and opted not to match the two-year, $9.5 million contract offered by the New Orleans Saints.

Almost 16 months later, it looks like Pace made the right call as Meredith is let go before the conclusion of that contract.

Meredith suffered a torn ACL in the preseason of 2017, missing the entire season leading up to his restricted free agency.

The Bears had concerns about the receiver’s health, long term, and those concerns proved justified over the last year. Meredith played in only six games last season before landing on injured reserve again with lingering knee issues.

He had another offseason surgery to clean things up, but evidently the Saints weren’t satisfied with his recovery through the beginning of training camp. He was due to cost over $4 million against their salary cap, and they save more than $3 million by releasing him.

Teams will likely still see his potential from the 888-yard season he produced in 2016, and he should get another chance in the NFL at some point. Staying healthy is the main obstacle, and coaches will want to see how much the knee issues limit his athletic ability.

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