Saints’ receiver Cameron Meredith agrees to take a pay cut
Cameron Meredith is so happy being a part of the New Orleans Saints, he’s willing to take a pay cut to continue to be one.
Source: Saints WR Cameron Meredith has agreed to a pay cut, reducing his base salary from $3.4M to $1.3M for 2019. His cap number reduces to $4.15M, creating space for New Orleans. A knee issue limited him to 6 games last season.
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According to USA Today, this accomplishes a two-fold goal. The Saints saved $2.3 million in salary cap space, and Meredith gets to remain with New Orleans to compete for a spot on the 2019 opening-day roster.
Some sports commentators believe that part of the reason Meredith was happy to take a pay cut was because he knows he’s limited by his injury.
Meredith dealt with prolonged knee issues in 2018 related to a previous injury he suffered with the Chicago Bears. His season ended just a few weeks into the regular season after he went through a scope to reduce swelling in his surgically-repaired knee. Fortunately, Cameron Meredith is expected to be ready for offseason workouts after April’s draft.
He only played in one preseason game but caught both passes sent his way for 72 yards and a touchdown. In the regular season, Meredith caught 9 of 10 targets for 114 yards and a touchdown, but played only six games before he was shut down.
Prior to taking a role with the Saints, Cameron Meredith played for the Chicago Bears, where he was an undrafted free agent when he was signed to the team in 2015. He played college football at Illinois State, where he redshirted his first season and then spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as a backup quarterback. In 2013, he transitioned to wide receiver and led the team in receptions in both 2013 and 2014. In 2014, he led the team with 66 receptions for 1,061 yards receiving, with nine touchdowns in 15 games.