Brandon Meriweather admits: ‘I don’t know my situation’
|09.02.11 at 4:32 am ET|
After not playing in the first half and starting the second half with mostly second and third-team back-ups around him, Meriweather was asked if he liked his current situation on the Patriots roster.
“I don’t know my situation,” Meriweather said, before clarifying. “I think our coaches do a great job of rotating all of us in and playing a lot of guys, getting a lot of guys a lot of playing time with other people to see how they play together. So you never know your situation until it’s time.
“There’s a lot of work to do. Just trying to get ready for Miami now.”
What’s interesting and ironic about that is that the 27-year-old fifth year safety out of the University of Miami may not even survive cut-down day on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Will the former first-round (24th overall) pick of the Patriots in 2007 be kept on? He is in the final year of a five-year, $8.75 million deal, with a cap hit of just over $2.8 million this season.
That sound familiar? Last Monday, veteran safety James Sanders was let go because he and the team couldn’t agree on how best to restructure his contract, set to pay him $2.8 million in 2011.
Meriweather’s base is $1.65 million this season but still the message wasn’t lost on Meriweather when he was asked Thursday about Sanders’ departure and whether he thinks that will extend his stay in New England.
“To be honest, I don’t even want to talk about it,” he replied.
Adding to the intrigue was an injury to cornerback Kyle Arrington on the opening kick-off Thursday. The Patriots have a great deal of flux in their secondary right now and keeping Meriweather would seem to provide some stability and familiarity for the Pats.
In his final tune-up before the season opener in South Florida, Meriweather had two solo tackles. Before reading too much into his starting the second half, recall that last week, he was on the field in the first half against Matthew Stafford and the Lions, along with fellow safeties Patrick Chung, Sanders and Sergio Brown.
“I’m excited, I’m super-excited,” Meriweather insisted. “It counts now. Everything counts now. Not like the last couple of weeks didn’t count but training camp is over and we can get down to playing football with the guys you’re going to be with for a long time.
‘I think we still have a lot of work to do, we made some improvements in areas we wanted to but overall we still have a lot of work to do.’
The question remains, will that work be in New England after 4 p.m. Saturday?