The Washington Redskins have re-signed starting free safety Brandon Meriweather to a one-year deal. The Redskins had failed to sign one of the top free agent safeties so far in free agency, and after talking to players like Ryan Clark, they have decided to go back to Meriweather.
Meriweather was suspended for a game last season by the NFL for illegal hits, and could face a longer suspension if he violates the rule again. He joined the Redskins as a free agent in 2012, but missed most of that season with a knee injury. In 2013 Meriweather was counted with 69 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions in 2013.
After being suspended, Meriweather commented that in order to keep from being suspended again, he would start hitting ball carriers low and taking out their knees instead of hitting them high.
“I guess I just got to take people’s knees out. That’s the only way. I would hate to end a guy’s career over a rule, but I guess it’s better other people than me getting suspended for longer. You just have to go low now, man. You’ve got to end people’s careers. You got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees. You can’t hit them high anymore.”
With Merieather back, it seems the Redskins will go with either Bacarri Rambo or Phillip Thomas as the strong safety. There was speculation that the Redskins might move cornerback David Amerson to safety, but that no longer appears to be the case.