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The former human highlight reel, Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman was a one-man wrecking crew every time he took the field. His physical style of play and raw athleticism led him to be one of the most feared linebackers in the game.
Fast forward to today, and his nickname has a much different meaning. In fact, the lights appear to be flirting with the off switch in Buffalo. After trying to restore his once-promising career, nothing has come to his rescue.
The Bills made a splash in free agency this offseason by acquiring defensive ends in Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. Shawne Merriman will shift to defensive end in the Bills' new 4-3 defensive scheme, as Clark Judge of CBS Sports notes. If that isn't a telltale sign, then I don't know what is.
The washed-up veteran doesn’t seem like he will beat out Anderson, which only leaves a spot as a situational pass-rusher vacant.