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Brandon Meriweather | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 198
College: Miami (FL)
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NBC Washington confirms the Redskins plan to let free agent S Brandon Meriweather walk.
Now 31, Meriweather remains more notable for his cheap shots than effectiveness. The Redskins need to remake the back end of their defense. Letting Meriweather go is a no-brainer. Feb 26 - 2:18 PM

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The Redskins are not expected to re-sign free agent S Brandon Meriweather.

Meriweather makes more headlines with his suspension-garnering headshots than his effectiveness. The 31-year-old was PFF's No. 60 safety among 87 qualifiers last season, deservedly taking a lot of blame for the Redskins' pass coverage woes. Safety should be a priority position for the 'Skins in both the draft and free agency.
Feb 17 - 9:44 AM

Redskins placed S Brandon Meriweather (toe) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The NFL's most notorious headhunter also happens to be an ineffective safety, though by his standards 2014 was a relatively good year for Meriweather. He finished with 55 tackles, three sacks, and three forced fumbles across ten games. Turning 31 next month, Meriweather will be a free agent this offseason.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 03:59:00 PM

Redskins FS Brandon Meriweather has been diagnosed with a sprained big toe, and it's "not looking good."

It sounds like Meriweather could be headed to injured reserve. Phillip Thomas is the next man up on the depth chart.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Redskins FS Brandon Meriweather exited Wek 13 against the Colts with a toe injury.

Meriweather was injured on an Andrew Luck fumble with no one around him. He is questionable to return. Phillip Thomas has replaced Meriweather at safety.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 02:24:00 PM

NFL suspended Redskins FS Brandon Meriweather two games for violating the league's player-safety policy.

One of the league's dirtiest players, Meriweather laid an illegal hit on Torrey Smith in Saturday's preseason game. The league notes that it was his "sixth violation of player-safety rules." Meriweather drew a one-game ban in 2013. The Redskins have one of the league's thinnest safety corps, so it's a major concern. That being said, Meriweather rarely makes an impact beyond his reckless hits. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 77 safety in 2013.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 05:56:00 PM

Redskins re-signed FS Brandon Meriweather to a one-year contract.

Meriweather, 30, made 13 starts for the Skins last year, recording 69 tackles, two interceptions, and a forced fumble. He graded out 77th among 86 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' safety ratings. New Redskins nickel back Tracy Porter came in 105th among 110 corners, per PFF. PFF had LCB DeAngelo Hall as its No. 84 corner, and RCB David Amerson tied with Hall for 84th. The Redskins had better hope Pro Football Focus' 2013 ratings aren't predictive.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 05:22:00 PM

ESPN.com's John Keim "wouldn’t be surprised" if the Redskins re-signed SS Brandon Meriweather.

Per Keim, the Redskins don't view any of the current free-agent safeties as better than Meriweather and could bring him back as a veteran to compete with second-year SS Phillip Thomas. Washington also hasn't ruled out re-signing Reed Doughty to provide depth.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 02:12:00 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim reports the team hasn't shown much interest in re-signing free agent SS Brandon Meriweather.

It's hard to imagine the Redskins wanting Meriweather back after he continuously was flagged for illegal hits. In addition to breaking the rules, Meriweather isn't a very good safety. Washington is potentially in the market for two starting safeties, depending on how it feels about second-year S Phillip Thomas. Meriweather shouldn't find more than one-year deals on the open market.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 09:30:00 AM

In a radio interview, free agent SS Brandon Meriweather said he "really would love to be back" in Washington.

Meriweather better hope the Redskins feel the same way. Meriweather showed zero remorse after being suspended one game in 2013 for repeatedly hitting opposing players with the crown of his helmet. In fact, his solution to the problem was, "I just got to take people's knees out." To top it off, Meriweather is not even a good NFL safety. He should find a soft market this offseason. Meriweather is our No. 25 free agent safety.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 09:10:00 PM

NFL reduced Redskins SS Brandon Meriweather's two-game suspension to one game for illegal hits.

The NFL is never going to teach these players lessons if they keep reducing suspensions. Meriweather is simply lucky he hasn't been suspended indefinitely at this point. He's constantly hitting opposing offensive players with the crown of his helmet. Meriweather will be eligible to return in Week 9. Some combination of Bacarri Rambo, Trenton Robinson, Jose Gumbs, and Jordan Pugh will handle safety duties for the Redskins against the Broncos this weekend. Peyton Manning is locked in as the top quarterback for Week 8.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 03:46:00 PM

Redskins SS Brandon Meriweather has appealed his two-game suspension.

Meriweather was suspended two games for "repeated violations" of the league's on-field policy, which is the stiffest suspension handed down by the NFL this season against a player for an illegal hit. The Washington Post reports that there will be an expedited hearing for his appeal, with a decision likely coming before Sunday’s game.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 11:45:00 AM

NFL suspended Redskins SS Brandon Meriweather two games for illegal hits.

One of the dirtiest players in football -- and not a very good safety, at that -- Meriweather has racked up seemingly countless fines over the years for violating on-field policy. The NFL had enough when Meriweather drew two more penalties for personal fouls in Week 7 against the Bears. Meriweather is eligible to return in Week 10. The Skins are extremely thin at safety again with Reed Doughty nursing a concussion and Phillip Thomas out for the year.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 05:55:00 PM

The NFL will suspend Redskins SS Brandon Meriweather for one or two games.

Meriweather was flagged for two clear-cut personal fouls in Sunday's win over the Bears, adding to his well-deserved reputation as a head-hunter. The NFL is still mulling the length of the ban, but this one should stick on appeal. Meriweather's long history of fines has obviously done nothing to change his playing style. With Reed Doughty battling a concussion, the Redskins are getting thin at safety.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:12:00 PM

Redskins SS Brandon Meriweather was flagged for two more personal fouls in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Bears.

Meriweather's reputation as a head-hunter is only going to be enhanced. He was fined $50,000 for a 2010 hit, got $45,000 in fines in 2011 and was slapped for $42,000 in Week 2 of this season. Brandon Marshall is calling for Meriweather to be suspended this time. "I feel every hit I took was a legal hit," he said. "I wasn't trying to be dirty. I wasn't trying to hurt nobody. I didn't lead with, lunge with my head. I used my shoulders like they told me to do." Expect a suspension.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 09:55:00 AM

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