Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 3/5/13
Linebacker Shawne Merriman is calling it ''Lights Out'' on his career. The three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year said on his website Tuesday night that he intends to file retirement papers. ''I retire today not because I don't feel I can go out there and still play the game at a very high level,'' Merriman wrote. ''I am retiring because I want to retire on my own terms and leave while I know I can still physically play the game.'' The 28-year-old Merriman also posted a note on his Twitter account, which included a link to his website (shawnemerriman.com). ''I have a very Big announcement,'' Merriman wrote. ''Thanks everybody.'' The decision comes a week before he was eligible to become a free agent, and after spending parts of the past three seasons in Buffalo. That included last year, when he was cut by the Bills in August only to be re-signed by Buffalo in October to help address the team's injury-riddled defense. Merriman had expressed surpr...
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