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Chargers sign Meachem to four-year, $25.9 million contract

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New Orleans Saints’ Robert Meachem (17) catches a pass in front of Minnesota Vikings’ Jamarca Sanford during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


The Chargers lost free agent Vincent Jackson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday evening, but G.M. A.J. Smith countered with a move early Wednesday morning that will keep his team competitive at wide receiver.

The club announced that it has signed deep threat receiver Robert Meachem, formerly of the Saints.

Per Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune San Diego, Meachem’s deal is for four years and $25.9 million, with $14 million guaranteed.

A rotational receiver in New Orleans, Meachem should become an every-down wideout with San Diego. He is a downfield threat with sub-4.4 speed, fitting coach Norv Turner’s vertical offense.

Meachem figures to start opposite Malcom Floyd, with 2011 third-round pick Vincent Brown manning the slot.