Brandon Meriweather takes a pay cut

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The Redskins have a little bit more money to play with this offseason.

Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com reports that safety Brandon Meriweather has agreed to a pay cut that gives the cap-strapped ‘Skins some more breathing room. Meriweather was set to make $2.45 million in 2013, but has agreed to reduce his salary to $1.2 million instead. That reduces his cap hit from $2.9 million to $1.65 million.

Presumably, his spot on the roster relied on making that decision and El-Bashir reports that there are no incentives involved in the adjustment that would allow Meriweather to make back the money he’s giving up. Meriweather’s contract was set to void after the 2013 season before the cut and that seems to remain the case after the alteration as well.

Meriweather dealt with a knee injury in the preseason and had his first attempt to debut wiped out in a pre-game collision with wide receiver Aldrick Robinson before tearing his ACL in mid-November. He’s expected to be ready for training camp.

23 responses to “Brandon Meriweather takes a pay cut

  1. We are all about teamwork here in DC because every man in our locker room knows the Superbowl era is about to begin for the Washington Redskins. Out with the weak like DeAngelo Hall and Lorenzo Alexander, in with the youth from the upcoming draft. We build teams the CORRECT way here.

  2. Seems fair to me. He made a seasons pay last year while playing less than one half of a game. Hope he comes back healthy because that one half of football was far and away the best safety play the Skins saw all season.

  3. Logicalvoicesays:

    As a Redskin fan I’ve been able to just tune you out, but to suggest that Lorenzo Alexander is of “the weak” is the dumbest thing you’ve said to date…

  4. He is weak. Look at the lame excuse he gave for leaving. I can see thru BS and anyways he’s replaceable on the field no matter how you slice it. Bravo to our front office for holding strong to the gameplan.

  5. The Skins had to make a choice with the cap situation. I for one am glad they went with youth and targeted Rob Jackson. Special teamers can be drafted. Loved Lorenzo, but Jackson was and should have been the priority.

  6. let’s see, Lorenzo has led special teams in tackling three years in a row, has been voted special teams captain as many years. He’s versatile enough to not only play both inside and outside at the line backing spot but can be a lead blocker from the fullback position, and can pass block from the tight end spot. logicalvoicesays obviously knows more about football than the rest of us. I hate to see Lorenzo go, he will be missed.

  7. Lorenzo was not evena starter at the linebacker position, can’t pay a guy that much to play special teams, especially since the skins got screwed on the cap hit they took from the giants owner

  8. If you want the adult’s take on the Lorenzo Alexander situation, it’s simply this-
    Once Fletcher decided to come back, Alexander wasn’t going to be a starter. Given Fletcher’s injury history, Alexander was NEVER going to start at ILB. This meant he was a special teamer, pretty much, and was going to get paid accordingly. In his tenure with the Redskins, he subbed in at Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, D-Tackle, D-End, then lost a load of weight and played very well last year at ILB. The guy is called the “One-Man Gang” for a reason. Definitely a fan favorite, and one we HATE to lose. But with the cap situation, and his desire to be a starter and get paid as a starter, it’s just the way the business goes sometimes.

    I wish he could have stayed, and wonder if the Redskins would have been better served with an aging Fletcher, or a younger Fletcher full time at ILB….We’re going to see…..

  9. Aging Fletcher, or a younger Alexander, I meant….Would have been interesting to see him in that spot full time.

  10. With being injured like he was last year the front office held all the bargaining chips here. Brandon would have been lucky to make his new deal anywhere else. Smart move

  11. @logicalvoicesays

    Your comment about LoZo being “weak” is 100% proof that you have absolutely zero knowledge of football or the team you claim to follow.

    Why don’t you buy a goat and live in the mountains and leave everybody alone?

  12. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 14, 2013 10:12 AM

    We are all about teamwork here in DC because every man in our locker room knows the Superbowl era is about to begin for the Washington Redskins. Out with the weak like DeAngelo Hall and Lorenzo Alexander, in with the youth from the upcoming draft. We build teams the CORRECT way here.
    ________
    Uh-oh, logicalvoices is starting to slip. He used to at least make an effort to pretend to be an actual Redskins fan, but no actual fan (of the NFL, not just the Redskins) would ever use the words “weak” and “Lorenzo Alexander” in the same sentence.

  13. Thats a great GM move.

    Merriwether played about one game last year

    But when he WAS in there, he was a ball hawk man and really strutted some incredible ball instincts. The rope is taught with this guy and a risk to commit.

    I suppose risk/reward is positive

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