(Note: Meriweather signed with the Chicago Bears early Sunday morning) On Saturday, every NFL team was required to turn in their final 53 man rosters. Basically, today a lot of players got fired and placed on waivers. Arguably, the biggest name released so far is two time pro bowl safety for the New England Patriots, Brandon Meriweather. I hope Jerry Jones heart fluttered a little when he heard the news. Mine did.
But let’s not jump the gun too soon. Your next question should be why was he released? What’s wrong with him? That means it time for a little research.
Meriweather is a former 2007 first round pick. He played his college ball for Miami (FL). And he has never missed a game since being draft, so there’s no history of major injury.
In 64 played games, Meriweather’s recorded 263 tackles, 2 sacks and 12 interceptions. That means he averaged over 4 tackles a game. And those 12 career interceptions seem to be just what Dallas was looking for.
Meriweather was fined $50,000 for two helmet-to-helmet hits on Raven’s tight end Todd Heap last year. But that could just be attributed to the nature of a violent game.
But here’s the real problem with Meriweather: Attitude. Rumor has it Meriweather’s a good kid, but one that suffers from major immaturity issues. And it appears that his childish antics and his on-the-field struggles this preseason got him put in Pat’s Coach Bill Belichick’s dog house early on. This was never more evident than in the Pat’s final preseason game. While the starters sat out, as they normally do in the final game, the fourth year veteran was sent out by Coach Belichick to play in the final quarter with the 3rd and 4th stringers.
New England searched for a trade yesterday for Meriweather, but there were no takers. Therefore, he was released today.
I don’t think this is an opportunity Dallas can pass up. Meriweather was a pro bowl caliber player not that long ago. And he’s still so young. He can still get his top game back. And we desperately need the help in the defensive back field. It’s definitely a “buyer-beware” type situation, but I think it’s also worth the risk.
Let’s hope Stephen Jones is dialing Meriweather’s agent phone number right now.