Redskins sign Brandon Meriweather


New Washington Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris has his first project. According to Adam Schefter, the Redskins have agreed to terms with free-agent safety Brandon Meriweather, who was cut last year by both the Patriots and the Bears but is likely in line for a starting job in Washington.

The Redskins' starting safeties in 2011 were LaRon Landry and O.J. Atogwe, but the perpetually injured Landry is on his way out as a free agent, and the team cut Atogwe earlier this week in a salary-cap move. Meriweather is the replacement for Landry, and much will be expected of him. He's a former first-round pick whose best year came in 2009, but he didn't fit with the Bears' Cover 2 defense last year. The Redskins likely believe that Morris, whom they hired as defensive backs coach this offseason after he was fired as head coach of the Buccaneers, is the coach to get Meriweather focused and motivated and draw the talent out of him.

Washington will continue to look to upgrade its secondary, and is scheduled to bring in former Giants cornerback Aaron Ross for a visit this week. The Redskins like young safety DeJon Gomes, whom they drafted last year, but it's unclear whether they think he's ready to be a full-time starter or whether Reed Doughty can handle that job. Washington might look to add another safety via free agency.

The Washington Post reports that Meriweather's deal is for $6 million over two years. The Denver Broncos also had interest in Meriweather.