The Chicago Bears have signed former Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather to a one-year contract, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Bears haven't been happy with their starting safeties, Major Wright and Chris Harris, and their other safeties, Chris Conte and Craig Steltz, have both had injuries recently, so it's unclear how much they'll be able to help in the first couple weeks of the season. Meriweather's addition therefore makes sense for the Bears, despite his flaws.
This move also works out well for the Patriots. There was speculation about him signing with the Miami Dolphins, and he could have given the Patriots' divisional rivals information about changes to the Patriots' defense this year. The Bears do not play the Patriots this season.