Brandon Meriweather, Washington Redskins
The Patriots cut the two-time Pro Bowler and 2007 first-round draft pick from the University of Miami Sept. 3, 2011 and coach Bill Belichick doesn’t regret the decision. “I think each year is a new year, and I just don’t think you can pick teams, or pick your players based on what’s happened in the past,” Belichick said. “You have to pick them based on what you think is going to happen this year, and that’s relative to the competition, to the make of your team, and player’s performance.”
The Bears scooped up Meriweather a day after the Patriots cut him. On March 15, 2012, he signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Redskins. He had seven combined tackles and one interception in 2012 with Washington. He has 42 tackles and one pick so far in 2013. After two helmet-to-helmet incidents against the Bears on Oct. 20, the NFL suspended Meriweather for two games until an appeals process reduced the ban to one.
“I guess I just got to take people’s knees out,” Meriweather said after the suspension. “That’s the only way. I would hate to end a guy’s career over a rule, but I guess it’s better other people than me getting suspended for longer.
“You just have to go low now, man. You’ve got to end people’s careers. You got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees. You can’t hit them high anymore.”