Meriweather agrees to 1-year deal with Bears

The Sports Xchange

Safety Brandon Meriweather has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bears a day after being released by New England.

A first-round pick in 2007, Meriweather has made the past two Pro Bowls despite struggling through an inconsistent 2010 season. He has started 40 of 64 career games and has 244 tackles, 12 interceptions, 27 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two sacks.

The move indicates the Bears were concerned about the inconsistent play of free safety Major Wright during the preseason. Wright has good range and ball skills, which could make him a good complement to big-hitting strong safety Chris Harris, but he's also inexperienced after fighting through injuries last season.

Meriweather also has excellent range, and his 12 interceptions over the past three seasons is tied for fourth in the NFL by a safety. But he also is prone to taking bad angles and giving up big completions.

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