LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP/CBS) — Released by New England, Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather is looking forward to a fresh start with the Chicago Bears.
He agreed to a one-year deal with Chicago a day later, joining a team that won the NFC North at 11-5 and advanced to the conference championship game. He says the Bears are “a first-class organization.”
On Monday, Belichick talked about the Patriots’ decision to cut the Pro Bowl safety.
“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. 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. All of those are obviously a part of it,” said Belichick. “Brandon played a lot of good football for us. We kept the players this year that we felt would be the best make up for the 2011 team. It’s not the 2009 team; it’s the 2011 team, so those are the players that we’ve selected.”
Meriweather hopes to be ready for the opener against Atlanta on Sunday and sidestepped the question when asked if he expects to move into a starting role at some point.
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