NFL Rumors: Why the Jets Should Sign Brandon Meriweather

Ed OrzaCorrespondent IIJune 24, 2016

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 08: Brandon Meriweather #31 of the New England Patriots looks on during the first half the Miami Dolphins on November 8, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Brandon Meriweather may be notorious for the use of his helmet as a melee weapon in a brawl with Florida International University during his time at Miami, but that's erroneous at this point.

Football is a game charged with emotion and players have and will continue to lose composure.

Meriweather has avoided suspension during his NFL career, so far.

He might not seem like much of an upgrade at the safety position, but he provides something that neither of the Jets starting safeties possess.  Meriweather has a dynamic ability to make big plays in both coverage and the running game.  

Jim Leonhard may be one of the most important defensive players on Gang Green, but his abilities are limited to some extent.

It's true that Meriweather's strength is not in coverage, which is unfortunately the area that Leonhard and Eric Smith struggle with as well.

Meriweather, however, has 12 interceptions in his career.  He had three, five, and four picks respectively over the last three seasons.

In comparison, Leonhard has only picked the ball off three times over the last three years and Eric Smith has five picks in five seasons with New York.

Meriweather has also been to the Pro Bowl twice in his career, something neither Smith nor Leonhard have ever achieved.  

There's no guarantee when it comes to Meriweather, but his potential to wreak havoc on opposing offenses under Rex Ryan and defensive backs coach, Dennis Thurman, is enticing at the least.

It should also be noted that the Jets have reportedly traded safety Dwight Lowery to the Jaguars for conditional picks in the 2012 draft. 

With the Patriots poaching players like James Ihedigbo and Shaun Ellis this offseason, snatching up Meriweather would add a defensive playmaker to the roster and at the very least provide a player with intimate knowledge of the Patriots defensive schemes.

If the Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum can sign Meriweather to a low risk contract then Rex Ryan could end up with a dangerous new weapon.

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Update:  A few hours ago Meriweather signed with the Bears, the Jets should have made more of an effort.