With both of last year’s starting safeties testing the waters of free agency, the Redskins have brought in a new face to the mix, signing former Patriots and Bears safety Brandon Meriweather.
Meriweather fills an area of need on the team, and brings the flexibility to play either strong or free safety. For his career, he has played in 75 games, with 44 starts, and posted 293 tackles, two sacks, 12 interceptions, 29 passes defended and five forced fumbles.
At the University of Miami, he was a collegiate teammate of former Redskins safety Sean Taylor and linebacker Rocky McIntosh.
Prior to that, Meriweather was a three-sport athlete at Apopka High School in Florida, excelling in football, track, and basketball. He attended the same school as NFL great Warren Sapp, and led his team to a 6A Florida State Championship in 2001.
Meriweather is coming off of a disappointing season, in which he was cut by the Patriots at the end of the preseason, and played in only 11 games in Chicago. With an offseason to prepare for the Redskins’ defense, expect him to be put in the best position to succeed, and be motivated by the chip on his shoulder.
Watch highlights from his All-American years at ‘The U,’ that made him a first round pick to the Patriots: