For those holding out hope that Shawne Merriman could revive the Bills’ moribund pass rush, you can forget about those prospects. The Bills officially placed Merriman on injured reserve, following San Diego’s lead in determining Merriman isn’t worth the trouble.
At the time of the waiver claim the Bills made on Merriman, he certainly made more sense to add to the team than the other high profile candidate, Randy Moss. While Buddy Nix hoped he could pry a few good games out of Merriman, who will need a new contract next season, he doesn’t seem as wise to be a part of acquiring Merriman this time around.
I can’t say that I’m totally disappointed that Merriman is not going to be a part of this team. He has never been accused of being a high character player, and despite not being the most successful football team, this team has been surprisingly likable. I would rather see Aaron Maybin take the field than give Merriman an opportunity. For all the goofy things Maybin may have done in his time in Buffalo, they’re nowhere near the transgressions Merriman has been a part of. Merriman may only be 26, but his legs appear to be going into early retirement.
Now I don’t like to question a player’s physical well-being, as they should always make sure they are able to compete physically in what can be a dangerous game. However, one individual drill in three weeks of time certainly did not seem to be maximum effort by Merriman. I think we can have a mutual split, as I want him on this team about as much as he seems to want to be here. We’ll get defensive help internally and from players whose off-field activities don’t include wrestling 90 pound reality television personalities.