Buffalo Bills

Name  Shawne Merriman
Born  5/25/1984
Height  6-4
Weight  261
College  Maryland
3/5/2013 6:43:00 PM
Description: Former Chargers and Bill linebacker Shawne Merriman has decided to retire from football.
Insight: Merriman had 39.5 sacks in his first 42 games but he had a four-game PED suspension in 2006-07 and has dealt with injuries ever since 2008-09. He'll finish his career with just six sacks over his final 33 NFL games.
8/20/2012 10:51:00 AM
Description: According to Jay Glazer, the Bills are going to release DE/LB Shawne Merriman.
Insight: Merriman produced double-digit sacks for the San Diego Chargers in four of six seasons, but it appears that injuries have taken its toll on the Bills defensive end. He played just three games in 2012 and five games last season. Merriman had offseason Achilles and shoulder surgeries in an attemnpt to get back on the field, but it isn't going to be with Buffalo.
1/21/2011 1:21:00 PM
Description: The Bills have named Dave Wannstedt their new linebackers coach and assistant head coach. SOURCE: FOX SPORTS
Insight: Wannstedt's head coaching experience will be invaluable after having stints with the Bears, the Dolphins and recently at the University of Pittsburgh. His first order of business will be evaluating and getting the most out of Shawne Merriman. Chan Gailey worked with Wannstedt in Miami from 2000-2001.
11/27/2010 5:18:00 PM
Description: The Bills have placed LB Shawne Merriman on injured reserve with an achilles injury. SOURCE: MIAMI HERALD
Insight: In the end, Merriman offered nothing after being claimed off waivers from the Chargers. Entering free agency in 2011, he is likely all-but-done in the NFL. He hasn't been the same for awhile.
11/5/2010 11:38:00 AM
Description: Newly-acquired Bills LB Shawne Merriman is headed to Buffalo to report to the team. SOURCE: TWITTER
Insight: Merriman would have faced league discipline if he didn't report by Tuesday. We would leave him be in IDP leagues considering it will take him awhile to adjust to being a 4-3 linebacker.
11/3/2010 4:08:00 PM
Description: The Bills have claimed LB Shawne Merriman off waivers from the Chargers. SOURCE: TWITTER
Insight: The claim is a bit odd considering Merriman is a 3-4 outside linebacker going to a 4-3 defense. "Lights Out" hasn't been the same since serving a suspension for steroid use and his injury history. We doubt he does much in his new home.
11/3/2010 3:03:00 PM
Description: Fox Sports' Jay Glazer has reported that the Bills are "strongly" considering putting in a waiver claim on OLB Shawne Merriman.
Insight: With contenders like the Dolphins and Ravens on the table, Merriman is probably less than please with the idea of going to a winless team in the Bills. Buffalo has nothing to lose and is in need of a pass rusher. (RapidDraft.com)
11/3/2010 8:46:00 AM
Description: Ravens HC John Harbaugh said the team has considered signing LB Shawne Merriman if he clears waivers. SOURCE: BALTIMORE SUN
Insight: Harbaugh ruled out Randy Moss, but could look at trying to sign Merriman on the cheap if no one else claims him. With Merrimen set to earn $3.269 million in 2010, and having done nothing to earn the money thus far, a team may want to give him a "prove it" deal to see if he still has anything left.
11/2/2010 9:04:00 PM
Description: As expected, the Chargers have waived OLB Shawne Merriman.
Insight: Merriman apparently passed his physical with the team and appears to have his early season injury woes behind him. The 49ers, Ravens, and Dolphins have all been connected with him, but may wait for Merriman to clear waivers and sign him to a reduced deal. (RapidDraft.com)
11/2/2010 5:10:00 PM
Description: As expected, the Chargers have waived LB Shawne Merriman. SOURCE: ESPN.COM
Insight: And so ends "Lights Out" as a Charger. Teams will now get a chance to claim him off waivers. In his 5.5 years playing for San Diego, Merriman racked up 231 total tackles and 43.5 sacks. Someone will take a chance on him, but his recent play has dropped compared to earlier in his career.
11/2/2010 3:04:00 PM
Description: According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, Chargers LB Shawne Merriman will take a physical with the team on Tuesday and is expected to be released upon passing it.
Insight: Merriman has been on the IR with a "minor injury designation" since the middle of October. The Dolphins are one team who have expressed interested in the maligned star. (RapidDraft.com)
11/2/2010 1:07:00 PM
Description: The Chargers are expected to release LB Shawne Merriman if he passes his physical Tuesday. SOURCE: TWITTER
Insight: Currently on injured reserve with a minor injury designation, Merriman can be cut if proves to be healthy. There won't be a lot of interest considering Merriman's declining skills, but the Dolphins are one of the teams reported to have some interest.
10/21/2010 2:04:00 PM
Description: South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly reports that the Dolphins are expressing interest in the soon-to-be-former Chargers linebacker Shawn Merriman.
Insight: Kelly also puts the odds of a deal at "15 percent" as there are other teams vying for Merriman's services. The 49ers and Ravens have also been reported as being interested in the linebacker. (RapidDraft.com)
10/19/2010 11:03:00 AM
Description: The San Francisco Chronicle reports 49ers' head coach Mike Singletary downplayed an ESPN report the team may be interested in Merriman.
Insight: Merriman should have some teams interested in him once the Chargers release or trade him in a few weeks. (RapidDraft.com)
10/18/2010 3:04:00 PM
Description: SI's Peter King reports the Ravens have expressed interest in acquiring Shawne Merriman.
Insight: King describes the precursors as passing a physical and accepting a lower contract offer - two very big ifs. Merriman is dealing with an Achilles and calf injury, not to mention a lot of baggage. The Chargers will most likely end up waiving the once dominant linebacker as soon as he's healthy. (RapidDraft.com)
10/14/2010 10:02:00 AM
Description: The San Diego Union Tribune reports the Cardinals are unlikely to have interest in Merriman when the Chargers release him.
Insight: Arizona already has a couple older outside linebackers in Joey Porter and Clark Haggans, so it does seem unlikely they'd want to add the injury-prone Merriman. (RapidDraft.com)
10/13/2010 3:04:00 PM
Description: Kevin Acee reports the Chargers have placed Shawne Merriman on season-ending injured reserve.
Insight: The move is a "minor injury designation" with a calf injury and is merely to get Merriman off the roster. Once he's healthy and a settlement is reached with San Diego, he's free to be dealt to another team. His San Diego days are over. (RapidDraft.com)
10/13/2010 1:34:00 PM
Description: Chargers LB Shawne Merriman (calf) has been placed on injured reserve with a "minor injury designation." SOURCE: TWITTER
Insight: The Chargers had been trying to get rid of Merriman for awhile, but couldn't find any takers. The move frees up a roster spot and also means Merriman's days as a part of the Chargers are over. He hasn't been the same player since 2007.
9/26/2010 6:27:00 PM
Description: Chargers LB Shawne Merriman is out for the remainder of the game against the Seahawks with a calf injury.
Insight: Merriman finished the game with just one tackle.
8/20/2010 9:31:00 AM
Description: Shawne Merriman is expected to miss Saturday's game after his Achilles' injury flared up this week.
Insight: Same old story with Merriman. If he expects to get a long term commitment from the Chargers or someone else, he is going to have to prove he can stay healthy. (RapidDraft.com)

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