Bills claim LB Merriman

Posted Nov 3, 2010

Being winless in the NFL has one viable privilege. It puts you at the top of the list when it comes to making waiver claims on players that are trimmed from other NFL rosters. Buffalo took advantage of having first crack at any waived NFL player Wednesday when they put a claim in on veteran LB Shawne Merriman, who was waived by the San Diego Chargers Tuesday.

“As we have said many times before, we are constantly evaluating our roster and will do things that we feel can improve our team," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "We think Shawne can help our defense and so we have claimed him off waivers. He has been an impact player in a 3-4 defense and we feel this is a good opportunity to make our team better.”

Nix is very familiar with Merriman's abilities having scouted him as San Diego's Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel prior to the Chargers making him the 12th overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft.

The pass rushing linebacker has played in San Diego’s 3-4 defense since he was a rookie as he racked up 39½ sacks in his first three NFL seasons. Since then however, injuries have compromised his effectiveness.

Merriman missed all but one game of the 2008 season after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery and wound up on injured reserve. Merriman has also been slowed by Achilles and calf injuries. When he returned in 2009 he had four sacks as he tried to return to his Pro Bowl form making 14 starts last season.

He appeared in three games this season, but Merriman was placed on San Diego’s injured reserve list due to a calf injury as he was listed as a “minor-injury designation” last month. The Chargers later announced that Merriman would in fact be released once he was healthy enough to pass a team physical.

A proven pass rusher, Merriman would provide a much needed shot in the arm to a Bills defense that has had trouble rushing the passer consistently. Buffalo does have seven sacks in their last three games, but their season total of 11 is tied for the third lowest in the league.

To make room for Merriman on the 53-man roster, the Bills placed OT Cornell Green on injured reserve. Green started at right tackle the first five games of the season before suffering a knee injury.



  • Who is the top QB in the draft by the numbers?


    NFL Network's Cynthia Frelund goes "Next Level" evaluating the top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft by the cold hard numbers.

  • First Draft: Takk McKinley


    NFL prospect and UCLA big man Takk McKinley is on the verge of seizing his dream of playing at the next level. But for McKinley, who received First-Team All-Pac 12 notice during his senior campaign, his journey to this point forced him to overcome difficult circumstances.

  • Draft Memories: Don Beebe


    Bills Wide Receiver Don Beebe talks about being drafted 82nd overall in the 3rd round of the NFL draft.

  • Veteran Mini Camp Sights & Sounds


    The Bills have been hard at work this week for voluntary veteran mini camp. Take a look back at some of the top moments at practice.

  • Richie Incognito: "Energetic Three Days"


    Bills Guard Richie Incognito addressed the media after voluntary veteran mini camp topics include; thoughts on the draft, new running scheme, and what voluntary veteran mini camp is like under Head Coach Sean McDermott.