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Ex-Bear Meriweather Signs With Redskins

Brandon Meriweather participates in warm-ups before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Brandon Meriweather participates in warm-ups before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Free agent safety Brandon Meriweather has signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Washington Redskins.

Meriweather agreed to the deal Thursday as the Redskins began the task of replacing last year’s safety tandem of LaRon Landry and Oshiomogho Atogwe.

The 28-year-old Meriweather was a first-round draft pick by New England in 2007 and was a two-time Pro Bowl player with the Patriots before he was cut at the end of last year’s training camp.

He then signed with Chicago but was a disappointment with the Bears, losing his starting job early in the season.

The Redskins need help after at safety after cutting the underperforming Atogwe on Monday. The team also didn’t re-sign Landry, who is recovering from an Achilles injury and became a free agent this week.

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