Bears, Meriweather agree to 1-year deal

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bears added to their secondary, agreeing to a one-year deal with two-time Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather.

The Bears announced the move on Sunday, a day after Meriweather was released by New England.

Meriweather was a first-round pick with 244 total tackles and 12 interceptions over four seasons. In 2009, he had a career-high five interceptions and made the first of two straight Pro Bowls.

He joins a team that won the NFC North at 11-5 last season and made the conference title game with a defense that ranked ninth overall but just 20th against the pass.

The Bears rely heavily on takeaways and Meriweather should help in that area, considering his 12 interceptions the past three years is tied for fourth among NFL safeties.