Originally written on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Shawne Merriman, the former elite pass rusher turned oft-injured backup, decided to hang up his cleats after spending the last three years with the Buffalo Bills.The 28-year old announced his retirement on his official website. “After a lengthy discussion with my agent, family and team, I have officially decided to put my retirement papers in today," Merriman wrote. "My retirement from the game I love so much and from the game that has brought me so many opportunities on and off the field has been decided with great thought for my future on and off the field."I retire today not because I don't feel I can still go out there and play the game at a very high level, I am retiring because I want to retire on my own terms and leave while I know I can still physically play the game."Merriman recorded 39.5 sacks in his first three seasons with the San Diego Chargers, which included a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but a rough stretch of injuries saw ...
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