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The lights may have gone out on Merriman’s career

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

Lights Out? That might be the case for Shawne Merriman.

Shawne Merriman (Getty Images)

Merriman, who is known by his nickname “lights out”, was released by the Buffalo Bills this morning. He was moved from his normal outside linebacker position to defensive end due to the Bills switch from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense during the off-season.

He was claimed off waivers by the Bills near the middle of the 2010 season after the San Diego Chargers decided to cut ties with him. Shortly into his first practice with the Bills in November 2010, he injured his Achilles tendon and was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

In January 2011, he signed a two-year extension with the Bills worth $10.5 million. He was guaranteed $5 million.

Last season, he made five starts with the team, before being injured again. In October of 2011, he suffered a partially torn Achilles tendon and missed the rest of the season. In those 5 starts, he had nine tackles and a sack.

Early on in his career with the Chargers, he was one of the most feared defensive players in the league. He had 39 1/2 sacks in his first three years in the league, but has just five sacks since the 2008 season in 23 games.

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