Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 8/20/12

Once again, the lights have been turned out on Shawne Merriman.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported Monday that the Bills have released the defensive end/linebacker, a move since confirmed by the team.

“I want to say Thanks to the Organization, the Coaches, my teammates & the fans you guys have been great & I’ll be looking forward to the chapter,” Merriman wrote in a short statement.

Merriman, who signed a two-year contract in 2011, was already given a $1 million roster bonus this year. Buffalo is obviously willing to eat the money to end an era that never really began.

A three-time All-Pro and NFL Rookie of the Year in 2005, Merriman’s career started with a bang but plummeted quickly thereafter, in large part due to injuries. He’s played in only 23 games since 2008, and, despite several feel-good puff stories, never returned to prior form.

Still only 28, Merriman has a chance to latch on with another team in a lesser role, likely as nothing more than a pass-rush specialist.

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