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Patriots WR Cameron Meredith’s contract has no guaranteed money

Cameron Meredith, Patriots

In typical New England Patriots style, the organization has made another savvy signing. Wide receiver Cameron Meredith, who recently signed with the team, has no guaranteed money in his contract. This comes as no surprise, as it’s a classic Bill Belichick move.

While it’s a great opportunity for Meredith to catch on to a roster, it’s an even bigger win for the Pats. New England is lacking experienced playmakers at wide receiver. Adding Meredith has literally no downside. If the former Chicago Bear plays well, the Pats will keep him. If he plays badly in camp, New England can just cut him at no cost.

Usually these types of contracts are seen on unproven, journeyman-type players. But Meredith has the potential to be so much more. During the 2016 season, Meredith broke out with the Bears. He ended the year with 888 yards and four scores. But the injury bug bit the former Illinois State Redbird, and he tore his ACL at the start of 2017. After showing almost no offensive production with the New Orleans Saints in 2018, Meredith was let go. It’s clear to see that the injury derailed his play, but if he can recover, it’s a real possibility that Meredith can match his best year of production.

Making the Patriots’ roster is notoriously hard, and this will be no different. New England drafted a receiver in the first round, N’Keal Harry, and still retained Julian Edelman. The third wide receiver spot is up for grabs, and if Cameron Meredith can beat out names like Maurice Harris, Phillip Dorsett, Demaryius Thomas, and Jakobi Meyers, this signing will be a win for both parties.