Redskins Add Meriweather
On Tuesday afternoon the Washington Redskins signed Free Agent Safety Brandon Meriweather. For fans and co-members of the blogosphere, the reaction has been a lot like Meriweather’s career – inconsistent.
Sure the guy went to back-to-back Pro Bowls, but he also has built a reputation for being reckless, a coverage liability (at times) and uninspired. Not to mention the checkered past while at Miami including a shooting incident (in which no charges were filed against Meriweather because he carried his gun legally) and an infamous brawl that found Meriweather stomping an opponent (much like Albert Haynesworth) causing him to get suspended for the remainder of the season. Not to mention he only started 4 games last season with Chicago.
Truth is, the guy is definitely going to be a project, but he may be just the type of project for a guy like Raheem Morris. He fits the mold of what Allen and Shanahan have been doing here in DC for the last two years.
In Meriweather, the Redskins are getting a young player entering his prime (he just turned 28) with unreached potential. He has been voted to two Pro Bowls, proving the talent is there, the questions is can Haslett and Morris bring it out?
We are past the point of using veteran players to patch this 3-4 defense and make it respectable. Now it’s about finding the right young talent that can flourish in this system.
Meriweather’s speed is one of the biggest reasons I believe Shanahan is willing to take a gamble on him.
Mike has made it perfectly clear that he lusts after guys with speed in his secondary. With a 4.45 forty time, Meriweather possesses the ability to cover a lot of ground quickly, taking away the big pass play.
I’m not going to sit here and blow smoke pretending this guy is a perfect fit or that he will come in here and be an instant All Pro. This is a low-risk move on a guy who possesses the talent to be a Pro Bowl Safety in the NFL. With a young passionate safety coach like Morris, there is a great chance this Meriweather can achieve his untapped potential.
Just like last year, bringing in guys like Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield, the Redskins are bringing in guys who are more role players than superstars. Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan are building a TEAM, not a collection of fancy names. At the very least I am willing to give this one a chance.
Updated Free Agency Tracker:
QB Robert Griffin III – Trade with St Louis for 2nd overall pick in the draft
WR Pierre Garcon – FA Indianapolis
WR/KR Josh Morgan – FA San Francisco
FS Brandon Merriweather – FA Chicago
CB Cedric Griffin Minnesota
DE Adam Carriker
FB Mike Sellers
FS OJ Atogwe
SS Laron Landry
WR Donte’ Stallworth
Players on the Hot Seat
WR Santana Moss
WR Jabar Gaffney
RT Jamal Brown
WR Brandon Banks
WR Anthony Armstrong
ILB London Fletcher – FA Washington
FB Owen Schmitt – FA Philadelphia
Posted on March 15, 2012, in Uncategorized, Washington Redskins and tagged Brandon Meriweather, Free Agency, Redskins Blog, redskins sign, Washington Redskins. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.