Buffalo Bills fans awoke to a bit of a shock Monday with the news that the team was releasing oft-injured former superstar Shawne Merriman.
Though coach Chan Gailey had been talking up Merriman’s progress in training camp, often heard declaring how the seven-year linebacker/defensive end was healthy and ready to contribute in the rebuilt 4-3 defense in Buffalo,
It may have all just been a ruse to try and attract a trade offer. It's a moot point now, because whether he was 100 percent for 2012 or not, it appears that the Bills just couldn’t justify keeping him on the team any further, either from a financial or football standpoint.
Granted, they still have to pay him $3 million that will apply to this season’s salary cap, but that’s the other part of the $5 million they guaranteed him when he signed in 2011, so nothing can be done about that.
The remainder of the $10.5 million from his two-year deal can now be focused towards other players the Bills decided were more essential to...