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Shawne Merriman | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/25/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 261
College: Maryland
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Retired LB Shawne Merriman has reportedly been hired to wrestle for WWE.
Greeted by a frigid market, Merriman "retired" in March 2013, but was stumping to play again by July. He ended up going unsigned for 2013, and has made just 18 appearances since 2009. Merriman turns 30 next month. As if it wasn't clear already, his football career is over. Thu, Apr 10, 2014 07:49:00 PM

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"Retired" LB Shawne Merriman made a plea on Twitter Sunday for the Falcons to sign him "to play the hybrid role and let Osi (Umenyiora) rush."

Merriman "retired" in March. On Sunday, he promised double-digit sacks, and "if not I'll donate half of my season salary." Now 29 years old, Merriman was never the same player after getting popped for PEDs in San Diego. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes the Falcons wouldn't even answer if Merriman called.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 02:56:00 PM

Retired DE Shawne Merriman has been hospitalized after experiencing a "medical emergency" at a Los Angeles nightclub Sunday.

Merriman was whisked from the club to Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Although there's been no official word, the Los Angeles Times reports Merriman's emergency was an "alcohol-drug" overdose. He is reportedly fine as of Monday morning.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 09:05:00 AM

Free agent DE Shawne Merriman has retired from football.

"After a lengthy discussion with my agent, family and team, I have officially decided to put in my retirement papers," Merriman posted on his website. So ends one of the more turbulent careers in modern football history. The No. 12 pick of the 2005 draft, Merriman exploded out of the gates with 10 sacks as a rookie, but drew a four-game PED ban as a sophomore. After notching a combined 29.5 sacks in 2006-07, Merriman was limited to 33 games over the past five years by injuries. "Lights Out" hangs 'em up two months shy of his 29th birthday. He finishes his career with 45.5 sacks and three Pro Bowls.
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 06:16:00 PM

The Bills are not expected to re-sign free agent DE Shawne Merriman.

This is not a surprise. Merriman has spent parts of the last three seasons with Buffalo, but the organization only kept his phone number handy when injuries popped up. There's a new coaching staff in town, and that "relationship is over."
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 06:18:00 PM

Shawne Merriman is active for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Merriman is in uniform and expected to contribute to the pass rush despite just being signed on Monday. Mark Anderson (knee) is out while Mario Williams (wrist) is active. The rest of the Bills' inactives: QB Tarvaris Jackson, LB Kirk Morrison, OL Kraig Urbik, OL Cordy Glenn, S Delano Howell and K John Potter.
Sun, Oct 21, 2012 11:51:00 AM

Head coach Chan Gailey said Shawne Merriman was brought in to help the Buffalo pass rush.

"We’ve lost Mark Anderson for an extended period of time here and we’re looking for who can help us in the pass rush," said Gailey. "...whenever we feel passing situations come up we think he’s still got some juice on the pass rush." Merriman hasn't been a dominant pass rusher since 2007. He has just five sacks since the start of the 2008 season. We're skeptical that he has much "juice" left.
Sun, Oct 21, 2012 08:11:00 AM

Bills re-signed DE Shawne Merriman.

We just hope the Bills aren't counting on Merriman to fix their pathetic defense. The 28-year-old player formerly known as "Lights Out" hasn't been a productive pass rusher since 2007, in between getting busted for steroid use and suffering knee and Achilles' injuries. Perhaps this is a move made to improve Buffalo's defensive end depth with RE Mark Anderson (knee) shelved indefinitely.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 03:30:00 PM

Scout.com's Aaron Wilson reports that the 49ers hosted free agent OLB Shawne Merriman on Wednesday.

He was passed up for Eric Bakhtiari, which is another grim sign for Merriman's chances of making an NFL impact again. Merriman is 28 and out of juice.
Source: scout.com
Thu, Sep 20, 2012 07:12:00 AM

Bills released DE Shawne Merriman.

The broken-down Merriman has proven to be a shell of his former "Lights Out" self. During the last two seasons, he's appeared in just 12 games and managed one sack while noticeably lacking explosion. Even though the Bills already paid him a $1 million roster bonus earlier this year, they save $4 million in base salary by moving on now. Merriman, 28, has time to latch on as a pass-rushing flier with a team that runs a 3-4 base defense. We just don't expect him to ever recapture pre-injury form.
Mon, Aug 20, 2012 10:38:00 AM

Bills DE Shawne Merriman spent much of spring practices working at right defensive end in the nickel defense.

Merriman insists he's got his explosion back after five years of ineffective play and durability woes. "When you don’t have those physical tools the last three years ... you get a little bit more technically sound," Merriman claims. "And that’s what happened. Now my body is ready to take that on again along with the knowledge I’ve picked up over the last few years. It’s going to be good."
Sun, Jul 22, 2012 06:02:00 PM

Bills DE Shawne Merriman (Achilles, shoulder surgeries) insists he's 100 percent.

"I feel very comfortable right now," said the oft-injured pass rusher. Coach Chan Gailey has liked what he's seen. "He looks quick. He looks healthy," Gailey said. "That part of it has been refreshing for us, to see some what of I think we're going to see is the old Shawne Merriman this year." Merriman is only 28, but his broken-down body makes a renaissance 2012 highly unlikely.
Sat, Jun 16, 2012 11:43:00 AM

Shawne Merriman's Achilles tendon procedure last November was similar to the one performed on DT Kyle Williams.

Merriman's Achilles had small tears, so the frayed tendon was removed, fixed and reattached. Dr. James Andrews termed it a six-month injury, and Merriman is now seven months removed from surgery and practicing fully. The contract-year pass rusher has two sacks the past three years after tallying 39.5 in his first three.
Fri, Jun 1, 2012 09:27:00 AM

Bills DE Shawne Merriman (Achilles, shoulder surgeries) resumed practicing on Thursday.

Merriman wasn't limited in any fashion, participating fully even in team drills. While he remains as big of an injury risk as any player in the league, it doesn't appear that Merriman will have to be eased into training camp.
Thu, May 31, 2012 02:38:00 PM

Bills DE Shawne Merriman (Achilles, shoulder surgeries) could join OTAs as early as Thursday.

Merriman visited the doctor on Tuesday, where he was seeking clearance for a full return to football activities. "Lights Out" said in April he expected to be "full stride" by June. Barring a setback — always a distinct possibility with Merriman — he'll be 100 percent for camp.
Tue, May 29, 2012 10:37:00 PM

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