According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the New England Patriots have informed safety Brandon Meriweather that he will be released. According to sources, Meriweather told his teammates of his expected release.
Meriweather continued to see decreased action in the Patriots defense, as he was even pushed to the second team behind second-year player Sergio Brown. Brown played alongside Patrick Chung as the starting safeties for two of the Pats’ four preseason games. Meriweather didn’t play until the second half of Thursday’s game with the Giants.
Meriweather ran into trouble last offseason, after he was arrested after reportedly being involved in a shooting in Miami, Florida. Even though Meriweather seems to have avoided any further legal trouble, he has obviously fallen out of the good graces of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
With Meriweather gone, the Patriots could look to bring in outside options such as Darren Sharper or Renaldo Hill, whom worked out for the Patriots a few weeks ago. As it stands, the Patriots will use Sergio Brown and Patrick Chung as their starting safeties.