Published on September 7th, 2011 | by0
Ex-Pats Safety Signing Means Major Trouble
Well, so much for Major Wright starting at free safety for the Chicago Bears. While he will probably get the start in Week 1 and possibly Week 2, I can’t imagine it extending further than that.
The Bears just inked former two-time pro-bowler and Patriot castoff, Brandon Merriweather to a one year deal.
Merriweather gives the Bears the type of presence at the free safety position that they haven’t had since Mike Brown was there.
Teaming him in the defensive backfield with Chris Harris, cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings gives the Bears the best secondary unit they have had since Brown and Tony Parrish were together.
This move further solidifies the Bears already nasty defense as the free safety position is so very important in Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 scheme.
Merriweather was a victim of final cut days as the Patriots parted ways with the four year veteran out of Miami, FL. Merriweather has never missed a game in his NFL career and has averaged INT per season.
That statistic is sure to be a welcomed addition to Smith’s defense which is predicated on forcing turnovers.
Merriweather does not come without some baggage, as have many of the Bears off-season pickups this season.
He has attained a reputation as a head case and a bit of a dirty player. He delivered a seemingly, purposeful helmet to helmet shot on then Baltimore Ravens Tight End, Todd Heap.
Merriweather denied ill-intent but received a fine of 50K for this hit and was not suspended