Shawne Merriman Claimed By the Buffalo Bills Off Waivers

Robert Quinn@@RQuinn619Correspondent INovember 3, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 8:  Shawne Merriman #56 of the San Diego Chargers against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on November 8, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Chargers defeated the Giants 21-20.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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It has been reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports that the Buffalo Bills have claimed Shawne Merriman off waivers.

Merriman was released by the San Diego Chargers after the two sides couldn't come to terms on a long-term agreement in the offseason, and he suffered an injury at the start of the year.

Merriman had an outstanding start to his career, racking up 39.5 sacks in his first three seasons, but he has posted just four in the three years since.

The Bills have struggled mightily at the outside linebacker position after making the difficult transition to a 3-4 defensive front in the offseason. With 2009 first-round draft pick Aaron Maybin inactive with no injuries for the past two weeks, Merriman's signing brings thoughts of Maybin being released sometime in the near future.

Bills general manager Buddy Nix was formerly a scout and GM with the San Diego Chargers and was part of the front office that selected Merriman with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Merriman has a high ceiling for growth, but it still isn't clear whether he will return to his former "Lights Out" days in San Diego.