The Redskins will have free agent strong safety Brandon Meriweather in for a visit Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. With the team seemingly content to let LaRon Landry depart, the signing of the former Chicago Bear – a two-time Pro Bowl selection – would fill a pressing need.
The team also must replace free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, whom they released on Monday. But second-year pro DeJon Gomes and six-year veteran Reed Doughty, who saw significant time at that position last year, could be the answer.
The team’s other top needs include right tackle, cornerback and possibly left guard.
Eric Winston, who played for Kyle Shanahan at Houston, reportedly has lined up visits to Miami, Kansas City and St. Louis, but it was believed that he could entertain interest from the Redskins as well.
Meanwhile, Washington has yet to reach an agreement to re-sign inside linebacker London Fletcher, the team’s captain and the NFL’s leading tackler last season.
The 36-year-old Fletcher and the Redskins both have expressed a desire to reach a deal, but as of Wednesday, hadn’t completed one. It was unclear how far apart the two sides are.
On Tuesday night, cornerback Josh Wilson turned recruiter and tweeted to Fletcher, “Hey remember when u called me???...Now I’m callin you...WE NEED YA!!”
Landry, despite ending the last two years on injured reserve with an Achilles’ tendon injury, had begun generating some interest from other teams, including the Eagles and Jets. But talks hadn’t reached a serious stage, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
A person close to Landry said that the five-year veteran was stung by the fact that the Redskins hadn’t expressed a commitment to him. The source said Landry believes he is close to making a full recovery after an offseason of alternative medicine treatments, and expects to wind up elsewhere next season.
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