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Jennifer Trosclair: Many 2012 season predictions simply state that if the Saints want to remain the leader in the NFC South and the NFL Powerhouse that they currently are, they will have to re-sign multi-year contracts with players such as Marques Colston and yourself. Which of course leads to the question: Has there been any talk of extending your contract before free agency approaches in March?

Robert Meachem: Not at the moment. I feel like God will put me in the right place. I try not to worry about it. I think my film will show where I stand as a wide receiver in this league. I pray – I would love to be a Saint. But it’s one of those things I don’t really get to control.

JT: Well, to expand on that, I am not sure if you keep up with Fantasy Football blogs and other free agency news sites, but you are currently at the top of many Free Agency Wish Lists for teams such as the Cardinals, Broncos, Titans, Eagles, and Redskins. One Washington Redskin article actually states that their team could add some “downfield potential to their receiving corps” by signing you. How does this make you feel and what are your thoughts on going to a team that will give you a bigger role?

RM: I would love that but right now I am just leaving it in my agent’s hands and God’s hands. I’m just letting them do what they do. You always think about that – what would it be like to have 80 or 90 catches. On the Saints, we have a lot of weapons, so it’s tough to reach your 80 or 90 mark.

JT: You don’t have to be a sports fan to recognize Sean Payton as the gutsy play caller and Head Coach of the Saints. And, many recognize Gregg Williams and his aggressive defense. However, a majority of people don’t know much about the wide receivers coach, Curtis Johnson. He has coached up guys like Devery Henderson, Lance Moore, Marques Colston, and yourself. What impact will losing one of the leagues’ best receiver coaches have on the Saints?

RM: That’s going to be a great loss. He’s been coaching wide receivers for years now – so it will be tough to part with a guy with his experience. It will be tough to have young rookie guys come in and not be able to be mentored like we were when we were rookies.

JT: I was browsing your Follow Your Dreams Foundation website (Follow Your Dreams Foundation | Robert Meachem | Non-profit Organization) and wanted to know more about the “Who Dat/Dirty Bird Celebrity Weekend” you will be hosting in June 2012.

RM: It’s a weekend I am hosting with one of my good friends, Dominique Franks who plays for the Atlanta Falcons. We are both from Oklahoma and we really want to give back to our community. It will be a weekend full of fun – not just for kids, but for adults as well. We want to show that we appreciate all they have done for us when we were kids to get to this level.

JT: I saw there will be a Celebrity Basketball game as well. Who is playing on that?

RM: Right now we are trying to get the guys who played with Dominique at Oklahoma University, like Sam Bradford. We want to get a lot of big name guys from Oklahoma so we can show the community that we have made it. We want the young kids to see it is possible.

JT: Could you also tell me more about your “Read 60” program? We are familiar with Play 60, but what is “Read 60” all about?

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Old 01-22-2012, 07:27 AM   #2
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I can wish we keep everyone on the O, but we want, some are going for the money. With the recievers coach leaving it might get interesting to see who stays and who goes?
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I think Meachem is as good as gone. Brees will re-sign, and therefore Nicks and Colston will be the highest priority guys for the team to retain.

I also believe Tracy Porter will likely be in another uniform starting with the 2012 season.
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I would like to see all our guys stay, but we all know that may not happen. With that being said, I do not think we will have much of a drop off with them gone as long as we keep Drew. I remember everyone was worried about the "o" line a few years back and even this year, at center, but they jelled and everything worked out. I know our line coach is or has moved on, but still think the guys up front can "teach" as well as the coaches. They know the system and are the type that want to help the new guys. As for the receivers, I think we would miss Colston, but again I think with Drew sitting back there and the way he "coaches" up his receivers on his own, we should be fine. I have every reason to think that Drew, Colston and Nicks will get new contracts and we will keep on keeping on with the offense. The defense is what is really going to get interesting, but until we see who, if anyone that the "Spagonator" is going to bring to assist him, I will have to hold off on my comments about the "D"
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i see it this way meaning u have no worries about this happening. nicks is a much need and keeper, colston i think will not be here in 12. who will step up meachum i think has his shot coming. give ingram a year of nfl training camp and watch him blow up some holes. there will be know drop off in this offense if u keep this line in tack. arrington could find a spot in 12 also with colston gone.
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No way can we lose Colston and continue to dominate on O. I would rather lose Meachem if I had to pick.
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No way can we lose Colston and continue to dominate on O. I would rather lose Meachem if I had to pick.
Signing Meachem will cost us about 1 to 1.5 million. Chump-change.

Keeping Colston will likely cost us about 6 to 7 million per season I'm guessing.

Keeping Meachem has virtually nothing to do with Colston's upcoming deal.
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