Brandon Meriweather has signed with the Chicago Bears less than a day after being a surprise cut by the New England Patriots. It will be interesting to see how he will fit in with the Bears defense this season.
Meriweather was a first round draft pick by the Patriots in the 2007 NFL Draft and made the last two pro bowls.
afety Brandon Meriweather may have made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Patriots from cutting him Saturday. He wasn’t out of work long, however. New England’s 2007 first-round pick signed with the Bears Sunday, the team announced.It’s a one-year contract, which suggests that the Bears aren’t completely convinced Meriweather is a long-term answer in the secondary. If anything, he adds depth and experience, something Chicago lost in Thursday night’s preseason finale when backups Craig Steltz and Chris Conte suffered a hip injury and a concussion, respectively.
ChicagoBears.com adds that “Meriweather becomes the sixth player on the Bears roster who was drafted in the first round by another NFL team, joining Jay Cutler (Broncos), Julius Peppers (Panthers), Roy Williams (Lions), Chris Spencer (Seahawks) and Amobi Okoye (Texans).
As for what the Bears are getting, CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco wrote Saturday that “If you can’t cover these days, you aren’t worth having on the field.” Colleague Clark Judge added, “New England isn’t afraid to make the difficult decision, and it just proved it. Again. … Bottom line: Change is good.”