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Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Date of Birth:  09/21/1992
Age:  29
Height  6'3"
Weight:   207
College:  Illinois State
Drafted:  2015 | Undrafted
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Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR


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Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

The Patriots released Cameron Meredith.

Unfortunately, Meredith has been dealing with his knee issue and has remained on the PUP list with New England. Hopefully the former Bear can get back to 100% and contribute to a team soon. Meredith just turned 27 last month.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

The Patriots places Cameron Meredith (knee) on the PUP list.

New England is reportedly going to be very patient as they help Meredith work back from his serious knee injury suffered nearly two years ago. Meredith can come off the PUP at any time, and he’d do well to hit the practice field after the team’s first preseason game.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

The Patriots are signing Cameron Meredith, according to the Boston Globe's Jim McBride.

Meredith visited New England today, and both sides must have been happy with the visit to come to an agreement so quickly. McBride says Meredith is not expected to travel to Detroit for next week's joint practices and preseason game, so expect the former Bear and Saint to dig into the playbook in the meantime before jumping into the mix ahead of the second preseason game. The Patriots are deep at receiver, but the depth chart could be pretty wide-open behind Julian Edelman, and Meredith is someone to keep an eye on throughout the rest of the summer.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

The Saints released Cameron Meredith.

Coming off a very serious knee injury suffered nearly two years ago, Meredith couldn’t quite recover fully and get back to his normal self to make a big impact in New Orleans. It’s been really unfortunate for Meredith after he was emerging as an excellent starting receiver with the Bears, but hopefully he’s able to find success on a new team another year removed from his 2017 knee injury. For now, Meredith doesn’t need to be rostered in dynasty leagues, but we’ll see what happens in the coming days or weeks.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith took a pay cut, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

Meredith's base salary goes from $3.4 million to $1.3 million, with his cap number dropping to $4.15 million, according to Yates. This creates cap space for New Orleans as they look to make more moves, and it could lead to them quickly finalizing a deal with free-agent tight end Jared Cook. Meredith played in just six games last season, as he still dealt with complications from his knee injury suffered in the 2017 preseason with the Bears, but hopefully we see him at 100% this season. In an explosive offense, it wouldn't be surprising if he delivers fantasy value in 2019.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith (knee) is being placed on injured reserve, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

This better explains the Dez Bryant signing from yesterday. Meredith is reportedly getting arthroscopic knee surgery, which isn't a great sign after he came off a very serious knee injury suffered last preseason when he was a member of the Bears. Perhaps Meredith can be brought back after eight weeks as a designated-to-return player in the postseason, but his regular season is over. Meredith caught nine receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown in six games this season. He'll look to get healthier and become a bigger part of the offense moving forward.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith catches all five targets in Saints' win.

Meredith gained 71 yards on his five reception against the Redskins, including a long of 46 yards that he nearly took the distance. Meredith did lose a fumble, though, which could potentially lead to a decrease in playing time with rookie Tre'Quan Smith stepping up and Ted Ginn Jr. likely to return after the bye week.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith catches three passes in Week 4.

Meredith gained 32 yards on his three receptions (four targets) against the Giants. Meredith appears to be a clear top-three wide receiver for the Saints, and he might soon be the undisputed No. 2 behind Michael Thomas. He's someone to keep an eye on moving forward.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith scores in win over the Falcons.

Meredith—who hadn't caught a pass since the 2016 season with Chicago—found the end zone on an 11-yard reception over the middle in the third quarter. It's great to see the 26-year-old come all the way back after such a serious leg injury, but his fantasy value looks too volatile to trust in a spread-the-wealth offense. We'll see if he can string something together against the Giants next Sunday.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith remains inactive for the Saints.

Meredith is a healthy scratch for a second straight week. He's still working his way back after coming off a very serious knee injury from last summer.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith is inactive for Week 1.

With Austin Carr starting in the slot for New Orleans, it appears Meredith is a healthy scratch to open his Saints career. Meredith could certainly work his way into a large role and make an impact for the Saints, but he doesn’t need to be owned in fantasy leagues for now.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Saints head coach Sean Payton says the team has a "clear vision" of how to use Cameron Meredith.

Payton also says that Meredith is "way ahead of schedule" in his return from the devastating knee injury he suffered last preseason with the Bears. Meredith should be 100% well ahead of the regular season, and it sounds like he'll have a big role as one of Drew Brees' targets. In 2016, Meredith broke out with 66 receptions for 888 yards and four touchdowns; he'll certainly have a good shot to hit or exceed those marks in his first season with the Saints.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

The Bears have decided not to match New Orleans' two-year offer to restricted free agent Cameron Meredith, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

This means Meredith is officially becoming a New Orleans Saint. Chicago had already spent big receiver money this offseason on Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, but if not for Meredith's 2017 knee injury, they probably wouldn't have thought about letting him leave. However, the Bears are moving on, and the 25-year-old will now join a talented offense that already includes Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn at wideout. Fortunately, Sean Payton is a brilliant offensive mind that should keep everyone involved, but Meredith will probably be an inconsistent option for fantasy purposes in 2018. He's just a late-round selection in fantasy drafts this summer.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Restricted free agent Cameron Meredith has signed an offer sheet with the Saints, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Meredith is recovering from a bad ACL tear, but New Orleans is clearly comfortable with his health, as they are reportedly offering a two-year deal for nearly $10 million to the 25-year-old. Now, Chicago has to either match the contract or allow Meredith to sign with the Saints. This could get interesting, as the Bears have already shelled out money to Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel this offseason, but Meredith showed enough promise that they might keep him around.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith only tore his ACL and MCL, according to Ian Rapoport.

This is great news, as it looked like Meredith's injury could've been even worse. Rapoport says Meredith will potentially be back for OTAs, which would be over eight months after the injury—but that might be stretching it if they take it slow. He should definitely be 100%, or very close to it, by 2018 training camp at least, so that's good. Kevin White is likely to serve as Chicago's number one receiver with Meredith out for the season, so the Bears could have a very strong group next season if White is able to step up in 2017.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith did tear his ACL, the Bears announced.

This was the unfortunate expectation after Meredith went down in the preseason game on Sunday. To make matters worse, there might be additional damage in the knee, and more tests are needed to determine that. With Meredith done for the season, Kevin White will likely step up as the number one receiver for Mike Glennon, with Kendall Wright likely to get more targets his way in the slot. We hope to see Meredith have a great recovery and rehab so he's back out on the field at 100% in 2018.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith leaves Bears' third preseason game with apparent knee injury.

Meredith caught an in-breaking route in the first quarter of Chicago's exhibition against the Titans, and he had his knee rolled up and it looks like a very severe injury. His knee moved unnaturally in one of the most gruesome injuries you will see—FOX opted against showing the replay when they returned to the game broadcast. Meredith's knee was put in an air cast and he was carted off the field. There could be some good news and it might be early to speculate, but it looks like the third-year receiver will certainly be out for the season—if not longer—with this injury. Everyone should feel for Meredith, as the 2015 undrafted free agent worked his way to becoming the Bears' number one receiver and was looking to continue his ascension in 2017.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith leads Bears in receiving in Week 2 of the preseason.

But he only had two receptions for 26 yards, as the passing offense couldn't do much against Arizona. Meredith did have a long of 18 yards in the game. He's worth a selection at his current WR40 ADP, given he might be Chicago's number one receiver this season.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Victor Cruz says receiver Cameron Meredith reminds him of himself.

Like Cruz did early in his career, Meredith seized an opportunity last season and is now looking to be the Bears' number one receiver. It's been all positive talk surrounding Meredith, with GM Ryan Pace comparing his emergence to Marques Colston, who Pace was with in New Orleans; and quarterback Mike Glennon saying he thinks Meredith is going to have a "big year." After he caught 66 receptions for 888 yards and four touchdowns last season, Meredith might continue his ascend and go over 1,000 yards this season.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith suffered a thumb ligament injury in OTAs and will be out for the rest of offseason training, according to Adam Schefter.

Schefter reports that Meredith is expected to be ready for training camp. Meredith is looking to build on a solid second season, so hopefully the thumb heals enough for him to be full-go for training camp.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Bears quarterback Mike Glennon says he's been very impressed with receiver Cameron Meredith.

Glennon said he thinks he's going to have a "big year." Meredith showed major flashes last season while breaking out for 66 receptions and 888 yards. The Bears brought in Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright this offseason, but Meredith should be a starter for the Bears.

Cameron Meredith had four catches for 61 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Meredith has carved out a 2017 role with his 66/888/4, and it's not crazy to think he could be the Bears' #1 WR depending on what they do with Alshon Jeffery this offseason. Meredith's stock depends on what Chicago does at the quarterback position and around him at wideout this offseason.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith has huge game against the Redskins.

Meredith had nine catches for 135 yards and a touchdown against Washington. The Bears chucked it 40 times and Meredith led the team with 12 targets. Meredith isn't a good fantasy option to conclude the season, but he had likely carved out a nice role with the Bears for 2017 and beyond.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith leads team in targets on Sunday.

Meredith caught 9-of-13 targets for 104 yards. Matt Barkley has shown well this season, as three wideouts for the Bears topped 89 yards in the loss to the Packers. Meredith is a FLEX for Week 16 against Washington.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith caught six passes for 72 yards and one touchdown in the Bears' loss to the Lions.

Quarterback Matt Barkley is simply hitting the open guy since taking over for Jay Cutler (shoulder), and that was Meredith yesterday. With Alshon Jeffery back for Week 15, Meredith could see some favorable coverage versus Green Bay, but is just a weak FLEX option.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith had three catches for 67 yards against the 49ers.

Meredith is averaging 13.6 yards per catch this season, but still is not a good fantasy option. He can stay on the wire.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith caught two passes for 19 yards in Sunday's loss.

Meredith was targeted nine times, but was not on the same page as quarterback Matt Barkley. With Marquess Wilson exploding on Sunday, Meredith can probably be dropped in standard leagues.

Cameron Meredith | Free Agent WR

Cameron Meredith caught four passes for 49 yards without a score Sunday.

Meredith’s most impressive play was leaping high to knock an overthrown pass away from Giants safety Landon Collins and keep Chicago’s hopes alive late as Cutler distributed targets among eight receivers. Meredith is an uninspiring FLEX option.