Bears Sign Brandon Meriweather

The Bears ended the preseason with not enough plays, too little experience, and insufficient depth from their safeties. That changed Sunday when they picked up Brandon Meriweather, agreeing to terms with him on a one-year deal.

The Patriots cut the safety Saturday and the Bears pounced on the 2007 first-round draft pick who had made the Pro Bowl the last two seasons. It is believed the Patriots tried to trade Meriweather without success.

Meriweather is the third former first-round pick the Bears have added to the roster since the end of last year, not counting Vernon Gholston, who has been cut. The others are receiver Roy Williams and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.

Meriweather's coverage has been in question this year, even though he has a history of making plays on the ball. He has been known to freelance a bit.

He has had 12 interceptions over the last three seasons, fourth most by an NFL safety during that time. He also has had 24 passes defended over the past three seasons.

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