“Lights Out” Shawn Merriman re-signs with the Buffalo Bills

By Christyne Polle
Shawne Merriman Buffalo Bills
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After releasing Shawne Merriman from the team this off-season, the Buffalo Bills have decided to try and bring some depth to an injured defense. In 2010, the Bills picked up Merriman off of waivers but he had a tough time adjusting and staying healthy. During his time with Buffalo, he was rarely healthy, suffering injuries in both his 2010 and 2011 season. The final straw was most likely his long injury in 2011 that left him out of the final 11 games.

In total, he started 5 games within those two seasons, recording 7 total tackles and one sack. Not quite the impact that Buffalo had hoped for, so the Bills released Merriman before the 2012 season began.

Terms of the deal have not yet been released, but the Bills are thought to have brought back the three-time pro-bowler to help an injured defense that is still struggling to stop the run. The move was made likely due to the fact that Merriman had an advantage of knowing the play book and could start playing immediately.

Merriman has another chance with the Bills and with stronger players around him, many are curious to see if he has anything left in him to help this team. Spencer Johnson may be available to play as well this week but it doesn’t sound as though he will be 100% healthy so Merriman could get substantial playing time depending on the performance of Chris Kelsay.

Not sure if Merriman will have an impact the second time around, the Bills are hoping that his veteran experience will help guide and motivate the younger players around him. One thing that is for sure with the signing of Merriman, things don’t look good for Mark Anderson who had surgery on his knee this past week.


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