The Buffalo Bills have claimed former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman on waivers and they had nothing to lose by doing so.
They may be taking a chance on a player that has been injured and argued about his contract, but it’s not like the Buffalo Bills are claiming a player like Randy Moss, who gives up on plays and his team.
Reports were that the Miami Dolphins were planning on claiming the struggling linebacker who had 39 1/2 sacks in his first three seasons and by the Buffalo Bills claiming him they avoided a possible turn-around story that could have bit them in the rear.
Don’t look now, but the Buffalo Bills are starting to make the right decisions.
Releasing Trent Edwards, moving Marshawn Lynch, and now adding Shawne Merriman to a depleted linebacker core has the Bills organization on a good roll for a change.
The Bills will insert Merriman into a rush defense that ranks dead last in the NFL giving up 189 yards per game as he has seen little action in the 2010 season.
Shawne Merriman, known as “Lights Out”, missed most of the 2008 season after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery and then sat out most offseason workouts and part of training camp to protest his contract status.
He was suspended four games in 2006 when he tested positive for steroids and blamed the test on a tainted supplement, never identified, but hasn’t been the same player since that year.
This news comes a week after Buffalo Bills linebacker Aaron Maybin’s career hit a new low as the former 2009 first round pick can’t even get on the field.
The Bills are also adding another body to a linebacker core that has had consistent injuries (Paul Posluszny) and that has reached for players (Reggie Torbor) to add depth.
The Buffalo Bills need impact players like Shawne Merriman once was. It’s not sure what they are actually receiving from the San Diego Chargers but at 0-7, why wouldn’t you take a shot?