Found October 24, 2013 on Gridiron Grit:
PLAYERS: Shawne Merriman
TEAMS: Buffalo Bills
Shawne Merriman was widely considered to be one of the top linebackers in the NFL after racking up a total of 187 tackles with 39.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles and earning honors as the 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2006 NFL sacks leader and a three-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro in his first three seasons with the San Diego Chargers. Photo Credit: Chargers.com That was of course before injuries and other things caused his career to take a dramatic dive, as the former first round pick (No. 12 overall) out of the University of Maryland totaled just 70 tackles with 6.0 sacks in the following five seasons (2008-12). Although he hasn’t officially retired from the game, Merriman, 29, has been pleading teams to take a chance on him over the past few months on Twitter, analogous to some other former NFL star talents as of late. But rather than trying to continue to hang onto a sliver of hope by persuading teams to give him another chance, Merriman now appears to be lo...
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