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Shawne Merriman, Bills agree to two-year deal

Posted on: January 1, 2011 5:21 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2011 8:44 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
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When the Bills claimed Shawn Merriman off waivers this season, it was assumed the oft-injured former Chargers linebacker would simply treat his stay in Buffalo as a half-year audition for the rest of the NFL. When Merriman once again failed to even get on the field due to injury (this time a calf), it was assumed the Bills would treat their temporary investment in him as a sunk cost.

Not so. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Merriman and the Bills have agreed on a two-year contract. Bills GM Buddy Nix has confirmed the news but the terms of the deal are not yet known.

Even with the late-season emergence of Arthur Moats, the Bills, who installed a 3-4 scheme this past year, need serious help at outside linebacker. Merriman was once arguably the most feared pass-rusher in the NFL, but he has played in just 18 games and recorded five sacks over the past three years.

UPDATE 8:41 p.m. ET: Mortensen reports that Merriman will make $10.5 million over his two-year deal, with playing time and performance incentives in place that could boost his annual earnings to more than $8 million. Just $2.5 million of Merriman's contract in 2011 is guaranteed (no word on if that guarantee is a roster bonus, base salary, etc.)

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Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:33 am

Shawne Merriman, Bills agree to two-year deal

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Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2011 1:00 pm

Shawne Merriman, Bills agree to two-year deal

The problem is that this team has a history out of getting nothing from their top picks or free agents. It seems they always draft prospects or blue chippers instead of the best players on the board. They have had a decade of top 10 to 15 draft picks and who have they really hit a homerun on? McKelvin is not a shut down corner, Whitner is an average safety, Lynch is not even on the team and they got a 4th round pick in return for a guy 4 years later, CJ is not able to do much and is lost on this team and Maybin....let's just say I already spoke  won in spite of mismanagement and scouting blunders.

I mean they completely got lucky with some of these late picks like Moats, Bell, Stevie and some undrafted guys like Nelson, Jones, but after grabbing just about every guy out there that has been available as well as taking so many stretch picks, you are bound to get somebody that will stick on the team. I mean everybody knows how NE stays competitive by always stockpiling picks no matter how good their record is and their scouts really can assess talent. This team has no talent scouts that have a clue. Bill Polian was the best GM and was amazing at judging talent (look at Indy) and Wilson cursed this franchise after he let his ego get the better of him.

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 12:35 pm

Shawne Merriman, Bills agree to two-year deal

Wow, all this hostility?? How can this be bad for the Bills?? They are not that bad of a team right now, They need some offensive line work and defensive line work, but all in all they have team that can compete. Fitzpatrick had a very good season and having Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller in the backfield could be one of the best RB tandems in football, Steve Johnson raised some eyebrows this year and could be pretty promising. I'm not say they are ready to make a championship run but with a little offseason work they should have a winning record next year.

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2011 12:27 pm

Shawne Merriman, Bills agree to two-year deal

As long as you have him as far away from that skank Tila Tequila he may even see the field next year. WOW...what does that say about that f'n bust Aaron Maybin??? They would rather pick up washed up has beens, convert defensive players from DB to LB, pick up people from other team's practice squads, sign undrafted, waived or free agents that no other teams want over playing this guy. he not even on the field when they are losing so much money in guaranteed alaryy to this guy? Is our run defense not BAD ENOUGH for them to even peg him in? I mean he can be the equivalent or as much of an impact player as $hitner by making tackles from behind 10 yards after they made the first down and rack up a huge number of meaningless tackles like the rest of our DEF?

He is younger than Merriman, has no injuries, much faster and he is already owed a lot of money! Why not just put him in as it cannot get any worse. DAMNIT....I cursed this pick the second it was announced as I wanted Brian Orakpo as he was NFL ready and the best ranked DE coming out of that draft while this Maybin kid was considered an undersized DE who had one good college season and by all experts was a raw project with upside due to his speed.

You don't draft those guys with that kind of assessment with a top 10 pick as that is a late 3rd rounder at best. Now we still need that DE and have to get more LB help. 3-4 or 4-3 makes no difference as this team needs to draft all defense in this draft and making a little more help on the O-line as it is apparent they are sticking with Fitz (another dumb move) over trying to trade up to get Luck. Man, this organization is clueless and makes it tough to be a fan.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2011 11:21 am

Shawne Merriman, Bills agree to two-year deal

I guess this is what happens when you're desperate.  After the 2007 season, 80+ NFL players were asked by Sports Illustrated who the NFL's best defensive player was.  Something like 37% said Ray Lewis.  2nd was Merriman with about 12%

 But Merriman's injuries put him on a downward spiral right after that.  Does he have anything left?  Maybe there's hope and the Bills need some of that even though they're making good strides at improvement.  But when you're in the same division as the Patriots, Jets, and Dolphins, good strides are probably not enough and you need to take some risks.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 10:03 am

Shawne Merriman, Bills agree to two-year deal

Simply put, Merriman is a has-been.  The level he once played at, and the name he made for himself as a result, was only made possible by the use of steroids. Now that it has stopped, what you see is what you get; nothing but a washed up player that can't stay healthy.

The Bills would've been better served to donate the $2.5M guaranteed money to a worthy cause; maybe one that would benefit battered women. Just saying. 

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 12:16 am

Shawne Merriman, Bills agree to two-year deal

This guy was a beast when he was on the growth!  Stinks he will be playing in canada in 3 years!

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2011 12:15 am

Shawne Merriman, Bills agree to two-year deal

Is Nate Kaeding Scott Norwood's cousin or nephew by any chance ? Also, will Bills fans be wearing Merriman jerseys in droves next year like they did TO jerseys ? Only to burn them after one season...if that. Maybe they should donate them to the people of Love Canal .

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