Safety Brandon Meriweather to return

Updated: March 17, 2014, 9:00 PM ET
By John Keim | ESPN.com

Brandon Meriweather has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Washington Redskins, according to a team source.

The team wanted to upgrade the safety position, but their first move at the position was to bring back one of their own.

Meriweather, who received lots of attention -- and fines -- for his hits, started 13 games this past season at both free and strong safety. He's typically been better at strong safety, but the Redskins like their safeties to be able to play both positions.

Washington pursued free safety Mike Mitchell, who signed with Pittsburgh, and remain in discussions with former Redskins and Steelers safety Ryan Clark, who visited Thursday. They also hosted free agent left tackle Donald Penn on Monday and a team source said receiver Kenny Britt will visit soon.

Meriweather played only one game for Washington in 2012 because of knee issues and eventually tore his ACL. He's intercepted three passes with the Redskins and 15 in his seven-year career that featured previous stints with the Patriots and Bears.

What has gotten the two-time Pro Bowler noticed of late have been his hits. Meriweather was suspended for one game after two helmet-to-helmet hits against Chicago last season. He also was fined $42,000 for a hit against Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy earlier in the season.

He also was fined $50,000 for a hit in 2010 while with New England and accrued $45,000 in fines a year later with Chicago.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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