Redskins sign Safety Brandon Meriweather

As first reported by Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, the Redskins have signed free agent safety Brandon Merriweather to a two year, $6 million deal.

Meriweather visited Washington today, and had a meeting scheduled with the New York Jets after that, but it was reported that he would cancel the latter visit if he agreed to a deal with the Redskins upon his visit. Looks like that”s exactly what happened.

Meriweather was selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, where he was selected the Pro Bowl after the 2009 & 2010 seasons. However, he was benched for three games in 2010, after what he described as a punishment by his defensive coaches for his lack of discipline & tendency to freelance within the defensive system.

He was also penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap during week 6 of the 2010 NFL season, for which he was fined $50,000.

The Patriots released Meriweather in September of 2011, and he signed with the Chicago Bears just one day after his release. He played in 11 games for the Bears and started four of them,

The acquisition of Meriweather almost certainly spells the end of LaRon Landry”s tenure in Washington. The odds of Landry resigning with the Redskins were already dwindling with each passing day, and this could be the proverbial “nail in the coffin” for any hopes that he comes back.


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