Following a breakout season with the Bears in 2016 (66 receptions for 88 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games), Meredith signed a two-year, $9.6 million deal in April of 2018. He only saw action in six games in 2018, which he ended on injured reserve due to knee issues. He had previously missed all of the 2017 season with a torn ACL.
"The injury he had set him back and then some of these younger guys now have just been doing a good enough job and it's hard with the numbers," Payton said via team transcript. "It's unfortunate because he's someone that has worked hard, he's worked his tail off and it was going to be hard for him to catch this group of younger guys that are competing."