Update: Meriweather agrees with Bears

Earlier Sunday we mentioned the Miami Dolphins should be one of the teams gauging the interest of former New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather.

Now it's too late. The Chicago Bears were the first team to pounce and reportedly agreed to terms with Meriweather on a new contract.

This is good news for New England. Meriweather is far away from the Patriots' AFC East rivals. The Bears are not on New England's 2011 schedule. So both sides can have a fast, easy parting without looking back.

Update: Another notable release by New England also found a new home Sunday. Former Patriots receiver Brandon Tate was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals.