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Shawne Merriman claimed by Buffalo Bills

Posted on: November 3, 2010 4:12 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 4:55 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

As reported earlier, the Buffalo Bills have claimed Shawne Merriman off of waivers.

Buffalo owned the top spot in the NFL waiver wire due to its league-worst 0-7 record and clearly need assistance in run defense, as they currently allow an embarrassing 188.7 yards per game to opposing rushers.

Merriman, a one-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, saw his production slip dramatically following a rash of injuries (which, just throwing it out there, occurred after a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs).

"Lights Out" briefly held out of training camp in San Diego, played limited time for the Chargers, and then was released this week.

With all due respect to the city of Buffalo, the move is a geographical downgrade for Merriman, but it makes sense from an opportunity perspective. If he can stay healthy, he'll have the opportunity to pile up defensive statistics and help improve the Bills' rush defense. Additionally, good behavior with the Bills (coupled with strong play) would go a long way towards landing him a new contract that he so clearly covets.

UPDATE 4:55 pm ET: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Merriman plans to report to the Bills..."for now". He is not expected to play this Sunday against the Bears, though.  

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Since: Nov 9, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:09 pm
 

Shawne Merriman claimed by Buffalo Bills

This move makes absolutely no sense for the Bills. First off they are not contenders. Merriman isnt going to come in and help them win. As a team that has zero wins they really dont need a big name backup for depth. They need to let the younger guys continue adjusting to the 3-4 defense. Secondly if Merriman does have a good rest of the year (or even if he doesnt) he isnt going to be there past this season. Noone wants to play in Buffalo. Especially a bad Bills team. He is going to leave first chance he can get. He will try to prove he can contribute the rest of this season and then bolt next year. This makes no sense long term for the Bills and they are a team that needs to be looking long term. He is also a character issue that the Bills do not need in the lockerroom. Especially around some of the younger guys.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:09 pm
 

Shawne Merriman claimed by Buffalo Bills

Thank you for the weather report in Buffalo. The only lower "geographical downgrade" would to be this guy's neighbor.




Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Shawne Merriman claimed by Buffalo Bills

lights out = no bulbs left to even be put in the socket , this guys done, he is to worried about hanging out at clubs (trust me ive seen it first hand here in san diego)



Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:20 pm
 

Shawne Merriman claimed by Buffalo Bills

I wouldn't quite say this is a logical decision.  First, look at a few things here.

First, this guy outside of a few stereroid fueled years hasn't had the productivity of a linebacker deserving the salary he's paid.  His nagging injuries have kept him off the field and thus a liability in the locker room.  The Chargers have beene successful with and without him but now they can him because they are tired of paying a salary to someone who doesn't earn it.  How will this change in Buffalo?  I think things are going to get worse.  Because now he's giving up the best football climate to go to one of the worst football climates.

Second, his off-field troubles - his party life style, the drinking, the people he gets involved with.  You want this on your team?

I digress though, Buffalo is winless.   Anything could help this team improve, however whats the cost you're willing to pay?  I believe this guy's career is over.  Brought down by injuries.  Lackluster performance.


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