It may be lights out for lights out. Shawne “lights out” Merriman had 40 sacks in his first 3 years in the league from 2005-2007 with the Chargers after going in the 1st round in 2005, but he’s had just 5 sacks in 4 seasons since. Though he was reportedly in better shape than any of the past few years this offseason, leading some to expect him to carve out a situational role on the Bills’ defensive line, his salary of 4 million dollars was too much for the Bills and they cut him ahead of final cuts.
Even though he’s only heading into his age 28 season, he won’t generate much interest on the open market, so close to final cuts (September 2nd). This might be it for his career. It’s telling that the Rams, in need of defensive end depth, tried out Andre Carter and Vernon Gholston, signing Gholston, but didn’t give Merriman a look.
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