[UPDATED 3 p.m. EDT]
The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with two-time Pro Bowl strong safety Brandon Meriweather to a contract, according to two people with knowledge of the situation, filling a void created by the apparent departure of LaRon Landry.
Meriweather agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal, according to one of the sources.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound University of Miami product started four of the 11 games he appeared in for the Chicago Bears last season, recording 32 tackles.
Prior to last season, Meriweather – the 24th overall pick of the 2007 draft – spent four seasons with the New England Patriots.
Meriweather’s best season came in 2009 when he started all 16 games for the Patriots and recorded 83 tackles and five interceptions. He made the Pro Bowl that season, and did so again in 2010 after a 68-tackle, three interception campaign.
But Meriweather – who at times was guilty of questionable decision-making in coverage and hurt his team with poor tackling – didn’t survive New England’s final round of cuts in September 2011. He signed with the Bears shortly afterward.
Last season Meriweather started four games at free safety, but struggled in coverage, and was demoted. Because of his strengths as a run stopper, Meriweather is considered a more natural fit at strong safety.
Finding a strong safety ranked among one of the top priorities for the Redskins on defense. It’s expected that the Redskins will let Landrydepart via free agency. Landry ended the last two seasons on injured reserve because of a strained Achilles’ tendon. The team also could look to add a free safety after releasing Oshiomogho Atogwe on Monday.
Meriweather came to Redskins Park for a visit Wednesday evening, but left without agreeing to a deal.
Staff writer Mark Maske contributed to this report.