Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The Buffalo Bills re-signed veteran defensive end Shawne Merriman, who was released on Aug. 20 and remained a free agent until he was called back to New York by general manager Buddy Nix. Merriman has battled an assortment of injuries limiting him to 23 games in the past five seasons. He has five sacks in that span and lacked the suddenness to fire off the line of scrimmage that made him a terror off the edge in the San Diego Chargers' 3-4 scheme. Merriman entered training camp with the Bills knowing he was in a battle for his job. He was cleared to return to practice in late May and said he was as healthy as he has been since 2008. But he was ineffective transitioning from outside linebacker to defensive end while playing opposite Mario Williams, and he was cut with one year remaining on the two-year, $10,5 million deal he signed in 2011. Nix said in August that Merriman was battling for the fourth defensive end spot. "Let me say this -- he can play," Nix said in August. ...
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