Shawne Merriman, fortunately, is still young enough to still play.
"I didn't fit the 4-3 (defensive) system. I'm more of a 3-4 guy," he said.
Yes, Merriman may be more of a 3-4 player—as he was with the San Diego Chargers as well—but in playing just 23 games the past four seasons he needs to go where needed.
The Bills have a lot of great young talent and their rotation is deep enough without Merriman. His best odds at suiting up again will be with a defense that can use him: regardless of whether it runs a 4-3 or 3-4 front.
Merriman is not a coverage linebacker and specializes at pass rushing and stopping the run. Therefore, those hoping to improve in one or both of those areas throughout 2012 must consider his services.