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:

Players Added

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

Players Re-Signed

DE Adam Carriker

Players Lost

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

Targets

ILB London Fletcher – FA Washington

FB Owen Schmitt – FA Philadelphia

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Posted on March 15, 2012, in Uncategorized, Washington Redskins and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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