Pats give the boot to Brandon Meriweather

AP

Two straight Pro Bowls and 64 appearances in 64 career games ultimately wasn’t enough to save safety Brandon Meriweather.  The Patriots have parted ways with the first-round pick from the 2007 draft, according to a league source.

Meriweather’s status had been the subject of rumor and speculation.  He recently downplayed to our good buddy Tom Curran of CSNNE.com the fact that coach Bill Belichick had Meriweather playing during garbage time of the preseason finale.

Meriweather, notorious during his time in college for a stomping incident during an on-field brouhaha, was implicated in an offseason shooting.  He eventually was cleared by authorities.  Last October, he was fined $50,000 for launching head first into Ravens tight end Todd Heap.  The fine later was reduced to $40,000.

A four-year veteran, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

104 responses to “Pats give the boot to Brandon Meriweather

  1. hmmm…could be an interesting pickup for a lot of team. no doubt hes a ‘play when i wanna play’ kinda guy though.

  2. Rams are a safety needy team that needs to take a look at Meriweather imo. If he can’t be a starter, I’m sure he’d be a solid 3rd safety/special teamer.

  3. The guy sucks and this is coming from a Patriots fan. He doesn’t listen to the coaches. Takes horrible angles, doesn’t wrap up guys well and would rather make a “huge hit” then get to the receiver before he catches the ball.

    Made Pro-Bowls on name recognition for his stupid hits only.

    VIP not on swole.

  4. That goes to show you that “If your not part of the TEAM than YOUR NOT A PART OF THE TEAM.”

    That’s the Bill Belichick way he envision for his Patriot team also known as the “Patriot Way!”

  5. Pats can deal with Divas, but for the most part don’t like to put up with criminals. The pathetic thing is, somebody will pick up this schlub and pay him pretty well. I really am starting to get sick of the level of tolerance there is for physically gifted SCUMBAGS in the NFL. What kind of message are they sending. You can be a criminal…and get away with it, if you can run a 4.3 40.

  6. I saw this coming. BB tried to get something for him in a trade but no takers.

    Not a total bust, and he was a hard hitter. But there was a lot to be desired if he was going to be a team player and stay in NE.

  7. My last image of him will be last year playoffs when Braylon Edwards carried him and McCourty into the end zone. Very overrated and dirty player.

  8. Meriweather would give Ward a run for dirtiest player in the NFL. Can’t wait to hear about him working the grocery bagging job at the local supermarket

  9. Belichick won’t cut off his nose to spite his face but he knows in the long term this makes his team stronger by using Meriweather as an example to others.

    Meriweather may have been acquitted this summer but he was still hanging with the wrong crowd. Other players will take note and stay out of the non- football headlines.

  10. Anyone remember when this team was loaded with good players thanks to Parcells?

    Long, long time ago. Have to wonder how long until Kraft cleans house.

  11. all i can say is it must be nice to have such a solid organization to be able to tell a guy with that kind of talent to take a fxxking hike. wow. as a bills fan i can only dream.

  12. No respect for Meriweather. He’s the garbage that led with his helmet into Ravens TE Heap for pretty much no reason. Hope he learns how to tackle right one day.

  13. Belichik knows what he is doing, this guy sucks. He’s been exposed over and over and he has a self important attitude.

    He really, really sucks.

  14. interesting. wonder how the jets are looking at safety? I’d sure love to see that hit-or-miss lunge no-wrap shoulder jab thingy he calls tackling stay in the division.

  15. Good! He’s a turd, mentally challenged, and undisciplined. I think this also indicates the Pats have just found some good young talent at safety considering they released both James Sanders and Meriweather in the same season.

    Bye Bye Brandon…don’t let the door hit you in your turd rear-end on the way out!

  16. yeah, u got it dr football. Harrison, Law, Chung, McCourty, Milloy, hell even Tebucky Jones was solid once changed to a safety. yes bb has had some duds back there, but has more good than bad.

  17. Rumor has it that Belichick sent Meriweather to get the pizza, but Meriweather missed that assignment too.

  18. doctorfootball says:

    Just another in a loooooooooong line of bad players in the Pats secondary.
    ————————————————-
    Lawyer Milloy, Ty Law, Asante Samuel, Rodney Harrison, Pat Chung, Devin McCourty.

    yeah i guess that list pretty much sucks

  19. This was expected, with his benching and spotty play last year, and the uncertainty of his legal issues. They’ve got young depth there. You know how Bill is. Keep it moving. Meriweather will land someplace this week. Probably Philly or even Tampa.

  20. Fans around the rest of the league probably haven’t been this baffled by a Belichick roster move since Belichick cut Lawyer Milloy just days before the first regular season game.

    How’d that work out for the Patriots again?

  21. Not a Patriots type of guy. Unfortunate that he couldn’t adapt to being a solid citizen.
    _________________

    and what exactly is Haynesworth?

  22. @zone44 – The Patriots dig through the Jets garbage – not the other way around.

    Rex doesn’t need BB’s sloppy seconds.

  23. jewseverywhere says:
    Sep 3, 2011 3:34 PM
    Proof that the Prob Owl is a sham

    I always hated the Prob Owl. The Questionable Hawk is really the way to go.

  24. j0esixpack says: Sep 3, 2011 3:53 PM

    Fans around the rest of the league probably haven’t been this baffled by a Belichick roster move since Belichick cut Lawyer Milloy just days before the first regular season game.

    How’d that work out for the Patriots again?
    ———

    LMFAO NOT WELL. They haven’t won anything since.

    Although part of that is they are probably no longer cheating (via video, anyway).

  25. He was involved in a shooting incident in college, too. But the notion that the Patriots shy away from guys of questionable character is a myth. There was a character quality the Patriots valued in guys they drafted and signed that really contributed to their team success, but off-field problems weren’t deal-breakers for them.

  26. flagstaffphotos says:
    Sep 3, 2011 3:23 PM
    Anyone remember when this team was loaded with good players thanks to Parcells?

    Long, long time ago. Have to wonder how long until Kraft cleans house.

    1969. Suck it, chump.

  27. @zone44 – The Patriots dig through the Jets garbage – not the other way around.

    Rex doesn’t need BB’s sloppy seconds.
    __________________

    Patriots players aren’t trash …….

    ……… trash gets picked up.

  28. flagstaffphotos says:
    Sep 3, 2011 3:55 PM
    @zone44 – The Patriots dig through the Jets garbage – not the other way around.
    Rex doesn’t need BB’s sloppy seconds.
    ————————————————–
    Like Kevin O’Connell, Damien Woody, Larry Izzo, Shawn Crable…..
    what is your IQ – 14?

  29. “Not a Patriots type of guy…” What, he’s not a good cheater like Bil-the-chick?

    What kind of team do you the Patsies are? They’ve been cheatin for years, since they started winning…. Have you noticed that they haven’t won major games since they were caught cheating?

  30. ravenator says: Sep 3, 2011 3:23 PM

    Meriweather would give Ward a run for dirtiest player in the NFL. Can’t wait to hear about him working the grocery bagging job at the local supermarket
    _____________________________________
    Overreact much? That was a horrible & illegal hit by BM & none of us Pats fans excused it but it was the only time he’s done anything that bad.

    I’m not going to lie, this puzzles me a bit with the Pats depth at safety. there must be something going on behind the scenes we don’t know about. BM isn’t a great player but getting rid if him at this stage with 0 depth is surprising. I don’t buy that it’s because of the situation he got involved with this past year.

    Also I am laughing at the usual Jets fans posting their usual tiresome idiocy on here. Soooo worried about a team yours beat in the playoffs. Amusing. Shouldn’t you be worried more about the Steelers????? They can play their “C” level game and whoop your behinds.

  31. flagstaffphotos says:
    @zone44 – The Patriots dig through the Jets garbage – not the other way around.

    Rex doesn’t need BB’s sloppy seconds.
    —————————————————————-
    Quickly becoming the most annoying 12 year old on PFT, ever.

    I’ll be glad when she’s back in school next week and too busy with homework to post this drivel.

  32. What kind of team do you the Patsies are? They’ve been cheatin for years, since they started winning…. Have you noticed that they haven’t won major games since they were caught cheating?
    _________________________

    No camera, no ticky …

  33. flagstaffphotos says:Sep 3, 2011 3:55 PM

    @zone44 – The Patriots dig through the Jets garbage – not the other way around.

    Rex doesn’t need BB’s sloppy seconds.
    __________________________________

    True Rex prefers BB’s Toe Jam to BB”s Sloppy Seconds!

    Here is a heads up to the Jets Fans, BB wouldn’t wipe his ass with anything you have. How long has Rex been a head Coach? ……..Win something before you talk smack!

  34. Flagstaff..has become the local PFT retard.

    Wonder how long his mother lets him play on computer???

    And I thought Deb was dumb.

  35. Thanks for the comments Flagscrap…Love the comments from the Jets fans…Remind me the last time you won a Super Bowl….

    Maybe it was time to let Meriweather go…Contract up next year and wasn’t going to sign him…That being said outside of Chung they got nothing….

  36. To that so and so who chided me for pointing out that this june character is NOT a Pats fan as he claimed to be on another post talking about McCourty…you see it now?

    Most of us Pats fans know how the Jets fans who are trolls operate so I suggest you non Pats fans who want to chastise us do what Chris Johnson said “fake Titans fans “should do.

    I’ve never seen so much interest by fans for trolling another team who they beat so much. Fascinating dynamic.

  37. hmmm…could be an interesting pickup for a lot of team. no doubt hes a ‘play when i wanna play’ kinda guy though.
    ————————-

    Not really. More like, “Play THE WAY I wanna play kinda guy”

  38. Anyone remember when this team was loaded with good players thanks to Parcells?

    Long, long time ago. Have to wonder how long until Kraft cleans house.

    1969. Suck it, chump.
    ————————–

    Are you serious? Parcells left after the 1996. They weren’t good again till 2001, two coaches later after Pete Carroll decimated the team.

  39. june20102002 says:
    Sep 3, 2011 4:10 PM
    What kind of team do you the Patsies are? They’ve been cheatin for years, since they started winning…. Have you noticed that they haven’t won major games since they were caught cheating?
    _________________________

    No camera, no ticky …
    ***************

    Maybe you boys need some kleenex?

  40. @patpatriotagain:

    1. Damien Woody was from Detroit, he hadn’t been with NE for years
    and
    2. What about has-beens and never beens like Shaun Ellis, James Ihedigbo, Danny Woodhead (he’ll be exposed this year), Chris Baker, etc…

  41. Have you noticed that they haven’t won major games since they were caught cheating?
    ——-

    Yea, I also noticed they were the only team in league history to go 16-0 since they were caught “cheating.” If not for some fluke catch by a Giants receiver who hasn’t played in a game since, they would have went 19-9.

  42. jetsarestacked says:
    no big deal for the pats. their secondary sucked with him and will suck just as much without him.

    —————————————————————-

    The same secondary that held the Yets 45-3 …… THAT sucky secondary?

  43. Mr. Wright 212 says: “LMFAO NOT WELL. They haven’t won anything since.”

    Your dry cool wit is as well honed as your knowledge of football.

    The correct answer is that they won two consecutive Super Bowl Championships

    Nice try though.

  44. I love Patrick Chung. I do. But is he supposed to play both safety positions by himself? This makes Sergio Brown a starter. What exactly is the backup plan here? And do NOT tell me it’s the Ventrone brothers.

  45. FPatskriegdotcom,

    Patrick Chung isn’t supposed to play both positions by himself. We need to hold tight until the final rooster has been decided. Bill will more than likely bring in a veteran safety to help our secondary.

    Relax.

  46. david7590 says:
    Sep 3, 2011 4:27 PM
    @patpatriotagain:

    1. Damien Woody was from Detroit, he hadn’t been with NE for years
    and
    2. What about has-beens and never beens like Shaun Ellis, James Ihedigbo, Danny Woodhead (he’ll be exposed this year), Chris Baker, etc…
    **************************

    Bill is just trying to put more Super Bowl MVPs on his roster. Oh, that’s right. There aren’t any from the Jets organization.

    BTW, I can’t wait until the Jets “expose” Danny Woodhead and win the Super Bowl this season.

  47. Another Belichick 1st rd bust. The guy just can’t seem to get it right in the 1st Rd. Besides Mayo, i haven’t seen none of his projects work out. From Mauroney, C.Jackson, S – Merriweather, etc. etc.

    If it wasn’t for Tom Brady, this whole team would be at the bottom of the AFC East only ahead of Buffalo.

  48. richm2256

    The same secondary that held the Yets 45-3 …… THAT sucky secondary?
    ___________________________________

    i love your selective memory. it is really cute.

    sanchez in week 2 vs pats: 21-30, 220 yards, 3 tds, 124.3 rating

    sanchez in playoffs vs pats: 16-25, 194 yards, 3 tds, 127 rating.

    there’s that and the fact that the pats secondary allowed the 3rd most passing yards in the league last year.

    yes, your secondary sucks.

  49. Why they keep choosing half of the Patriots, Cowboys rosters to make the Pro Bowl is beyond me.

    Merriweather in Pro Bowl is just as sad as seeing Roy Williams(ex S-Cowboys) when the guy was just a hard hitter and horrible in coverage..

    Ludacris

    Merriweather never once belonged in the Pro Bowl.

    Same with Todd Haley getting a Coaching Job for “supposedly” being an offensive genius. When all the credit belongs to K.Warner/Fitzgerald.

  50. j0esixpack says: Sep 3, 2011 4:44 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: “LMFAO NOT WELL. They haven’t won anything since.”

    Your dry cool wit is as well honed as your knowledge of football.

    The correct answer is that they won two consecutive Super Bowl Championships

    Nice try though.

    ——————

    Stop trying to check me. You left off the last part of what I said, and that’s WITHOUT CHEATING have they won anything.

  51. patpatriotagain says:
    Sep 3, 2011 4:05 PM
    flagstaffphotos says:
    Sep 3, 2011 3:55 PM
    @zone44 – The Patriots dig through the Jets garbage – not the other way around.
    Rex doesn’t need BB’s sloppy seconds.
    ————————————————–
    Like Kevin O’Connell, Damien Woody, Larry Izzo, Shawn Crable…..
    what is your IQ – 14?
    ———————————————-
    It’s his age and his IQ. He hates Bilichick because he spurned his Jets, and by association, him. Can’t wait til school starts next week.

  52. Anyone remember when this team was loaded with good players thanks to Parcells?

    Long, long time ago. Have to wonder how long until Kraft cleans house.
    ____________________________

    You mean good players like Brady, Mankins, Wilfork, Mayo, McCourty, etc.
    Oh wait a minute should we thank Parcells for those players?
    No those are BB’s. But lets not give credit where it is due.
    Just another Pats hater!

  53. goawayeverybody – It may be the Patriots have little choice but to sign Darren Sharper. Meriweather gets hated on for the Todd Heap hit, but the fact remains that hit fundamentally changed that game – it made the Ravens play scared, and that’s what football is about.

    Mr. Wright 212 – “without cheating?” There was no cheating.

  54. Saw and talked to him (Meriweather) at the NCAA in Providence. He looked a little over weight to me, at least for a safety. Also remarked that he wanted HOF status – don’t see it happening.

  55. No New England fan who actually follows the team will be sorry to see him go. Even if you ignore the off the field stuff, the fact of the matter is he had a terrible habit of freelancing and he’s slow. That’s a lethal combination for a DB. He makes the Pro Bowl a few times because he makes a few hits that they run on SportsCenter, but from a fundamentals standpoint, he’s simply not very good.

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