Despite a break in action over the weekend, the Washington Redskins resumed business Monday and re-signed strong safety Brandon Merriweather. While the Redskins spent the weekend in negotiations with another safety, Ryan Clark, they signed Merriweather to one-year deal, worth $1 million. The signing does not spell the end of Clark negotiations, and I fully expect Washington to add another safety to a rather thin secondary.
A season ago, Merriweather started 13 games for the Redskins and recorded 69 tackles along with 2 interceptions as well as a forced fumble. Merriweather’s brief stint in Washington was full of ups and downs as he was suspended for a game due to a series of high hits on opposing players.
The Redskins have also been courting offensive tackle Donald Penn, whose been forced to spend extra time in Washington due to weather conditions. Penn spent the last seven seasons in Tampa Bay, and the Redskins are in dire need of adding an offensive tackle. Penn was an established player under Raheem Morris, and it wouldn’t surprise many around the League to see Penn fill a need along the line.
It is rather unclear as to how far the negotiations have gone, but Washington is pressuring hard to acquire the seven-year veteran.