What Does Brandon Meriweather Brings To The Table For the Bears?

September 7, 2011 by

The Bears added Brandon Meriweather on Sunday, a day after the New England Patriots decided to release him and his $1.65 million contract.

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora has reported that Meriweather received a one-year deal from the Bears worth $2.25 million for this season and a signing bonus of $1 million.

This move makes a lot of sense for the Bears. First of all, they scooped up a veteran player who has made the last two Pro Bowls as an alternate.

By the looks of the lucrative contract, he was drawing interest from other teams because of his experience and his talent.

The 27 year-old Meriweather has appeared in 64 games making 263 tackles, two sacks, 12 interceptions and four forced fumbles in his four seasons in the NFL.  Those kinds of numbers would attract any team.

The Patriots didn’t think he fit into their defense anymore, so they decided to cut ties with him in favor of second-year player Sergio Brown.

The Bears made a wise move by not trusting second-year player Major Wright fully and adding veteran Meriweather to the mix. By the amount of dollars in his contract it seems like the Bears would like to use Meriweather as a starter this season.

Meriweather reeled in five interceptions last season, as did Chris Harris for the Bears. So, if the Bears decide to use Meriweather as a starter, this could be the best safety tandem they’ve had since Harris played next to Mike Brown in 2006.

Major Wright will be the starter this Sunday against Atlanta, but look for Meriweather to quickly pickup the defense and be used in the rotation very soon.

What Meriweather brings the table for the Bears is experience and talent. Major Wright clearly has talent or the Bears wouldn’t have let Danieal Manning walk in free agency in his favor, but the experience isn’t there.

Bears fans should be excited about Meriweather. He will be used correctly in the defensive scheme that Rod Marinelli runs pretty soon.

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