4 Teams That Can Revive Shawne Merriman's Career

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4 Teams That Can Revive Shawne Merriman's Career
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Shawne Merriman, fortunately, is still young enough to still play.

At only age 28, Merriman was just let go by the Buffalo Bills, per Jay Glazer of FOX Sports:

Linebacker Shawne Merriman told FOXSports.com on Monday that he has been released from the Buffalo Bills.

"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.

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