Shawne Merriman ended the speculation of where he would end up, after a short stint with the Bills, by resigning with Buffalo. Merriman the once feared line-backer for the San Diego Chargers is getting older, and still in the news.
After being released by the Chargers in 2010, he found a home in Buffalo before he injured his ankle. Now he is looking to have a great season in 2011.
Here are some details of Merriman's contract and some predictions for the future of his career.
Merriman reportedly signed a two year contract that would put him under contract until the 2013 season. This is a short length, but with all of his problems, probably what he deserved.
He reportedly signed a contract that was worth nine million dollars. He should be happy with this as he many teams thought of him as a washed up player.
One thing Merriman has going for him is that he is still a very young player. Although it seems like he has been in the league for an eternity, he has only been playing for 6 years.
He is still full of youth and if he could get healthy he will be a stud once again.
Reports are saying that his injuries are all healed up and he is good to go for the Bills next season. Hopefully this is true and he will be able to maintain that.
If he does not do well in this stint with the Bills it could be the end for his career in the NFL.
Merriman will need to make sure that he is comes back faster and stronger than when he last appeared in the NFL. The Chargers didn't release him just because they didn't like him, they released him because he was not the player he once was.
Working on his speed will allow him to become this player again.
Merriman really needs to work on this. Staying out of trouble is important for him, and staying off the goods has also been a problem
Hopefully Merriman can get healthy the right way, without the help of steroids this time.
Merriman needs to prove to the Bills coaching staff that he is ready to play, and needs to make sure to show up on time for camp, and play hard. This is assuming we even have training camp this season with the lock-out a possibility.
I think that Merriman will be back in full force this season. I don't think he will be able to put up the numbers he did when he was in his prime, but he should be able to be effective for the Bills.
He should help the Bills in what should be another rebuilding season.