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Glazer: Bills plan to claim Merriman

With everyone keeping close watch on the fate of Randy Moss, Jay Glazer of reports that the Bills are saying that they plan to make a waivers claim for linebacker Shawne Merriman.

And since the Bills sit atop the priority list, they’ll get him if they want him.

We’ll say what we said earlier today, primarily because it looks like we’ll be right, for a change:  “We’ve joked about the Bills taking Moss — we have a feeling that Buffalo is a strong candidate to claim Merriman.”

Bills G.M. Buddy Nix worked for the Chargers when they drafted Merriman out of Maryland.  And Nix is smart enough to realize that it’s not the lack of steroids in his body but injuries to it that have keep Merriman from playing well since 2007.

Of course, Merriman may not want to play for the Bills.  As we explained last night regarding Moss, a decision not to show up could get Merriman placed on the Reserve/Left Squad list, which would shut him down for the rest of the season and possibly prevent him from becoming a free agent in 2011.

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41 Responses to “Glazer: Bills plan to claim Merriman”
  1. Jack Burton says: Nov 3, 2010 2:56 PM

    Enjoy The Land of the Lost.

  2. Proudly Canadian says: Nov 3, 2010 2:56 PM

    If they do claim him, I would expect that Maybin, last year’s first round bust will be cut.

  3. Unnamed Source says: Nov 3, 2010 2:58 PM

    Unless Buffalo has a way to get him back on the ‘roids w/o being detected this is a waste

  4. chsjra17 says: Nov 3, 2010 2:58 PM


  5. FloriosPhillyFan says: Nov 3, 2010 2:59 PM

    I wouldn’t want to go to Buffalo either

  6. Alydar says: Nov 3, 2010 3:02 PM

    His production over the last two years doesn’t give him the leverage to dictate where he goes. At this point, he should be happy someone wants him.
    As others have learned….when you resist going to a bad team, sometimes that bad team is pretty good the next year, and that contender you wanted to play for is in the crapper (how ’bout those Cowboys and Vikings?)
    I would guess this ends up depending on the nature of the relationship between Shawne and Buddy, if any.

  7. CJ SPILLER says: Nov 3, 2010 3:02 PM

    They have nothing to lose, this is a no brainer.

  8. MNSUX says: Nov 3, 2010 3:04 PM

    Bills get their first win over the Vikes in a few weeks!

  9. djeg07 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:05 PM

    i see maybin traded in the spring if merriman can come back. maybin would work in a different scheme.

  10. Citizen Strange says: Nov 3, 2010 3:05 PM

    Good luck with that.

  11. Douchebaggery says: Nov 3, 2010 3:06 PM

    Why bother?

  12. steelersmissplayoffsagain says: Nov 3, 2010 3:08 PM

    Ouch……..from San Diego to Buffalo……….Thats like going from Carmen Electra to Rosie O’Donnell…….

  13. ch19079 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:08 PM

    Bills need a 3-4 LBs. That said, there is a reason merriman is being cut. he hasnt done jack since he tested positive for steroids.
    I could see the bills getting him, if for nothing more than to play a few snaps for the rest of the year and then become a FA, or be tagged/traded.
    I would rather seem him play for the Bills over the Pats or Fins.

  14. minnesconsin_ad says: Nov 3, 2010 3:11 PM

    at least I won’t have to be angry that Ted Thompson didn’t try to get him.

  15. Nacho Nacho Cheez says: Nov 3, 2010 3:11 PM

    Maybin and Hasbin – Great combo !

  16. Sam says: Nov 3, 2010 3:15 PM

    This move is great, as I stated in a comment on a previous report about the bills supposedly scraping the 3-4. It only takes 2 true playmaker in the front 7 to be succesful and thats a Playmaking OLB and a NT. I would say that the Bills let Merriman ease his way back into the flow of the game, let him loose on passing downs and such. And if this Bills team shows improvement on the D side of the ball, and with the offense playing at a high level consistently, i wouldnt see why Merriman wouldnt want to come back next year. This will be a good pick up for the Bills, it will boost jersey sales like the TO signing did last year and will pay much higher Dividends in the future, both on and off the field.

  17. azlionsfan says: Nov 3, 2010 3:18 PM

    Too bad for my Leos. Merriman would be a nice “rent a player” for this year.
    What is Buffalo thinking trying to win this year??? whats the point? Haven’t they learned anything from the NBA. Once you have been eliminated from playoff contentention its time to start shooting for the lottery pick.

  18. Texas Pistoleer says: Nov 3, 2010 3:20 PM

    Yes, but the lack of steriods in his body is preventing him from recovering from those injuries so quickly

  19. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Nov 3, 2010 3:20 PM

    He should go there to try and reinvent himself, if not for anything else.

  20. twinkletoes says: Nov 3, 2010 3:20 PM

    An appropriate punishment for Merriman. Looks like he’s headed for NFL purgatory. Karma strikes again!

  21. Skeety says: Nov 3, 2010 3:21 PM

    Buffalo needs to move to LA, most people don’t even know the exist anymore.

  22. umcouldbe says: Nov 3, 2010 3:21 PM

    steelersmissplayoffsagain, Jack Burton, FloriosPhillyFan: Please go play in traffic on the Tim Russert Memorial Highway.

  23. RexRyanHasntSeenHisDinkySince1987 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:22 PM

    Isnt this when that bonehead NJhitman should say something “smart” like: “The Bolts are more ons, why did they waive Merriman when they could of just traded him…”

  24. Cornerdenizen says: Nov 3, 2010 3:22 PM

    Anyone who has ever spent any amount of time in San Diego and Buffalo knows that in this equation, football is totally irrelevant.

  25. bobinpuertorico says: Nov 3, 2010 3:22 PM

    Could be a good move by the Bills. If Merriman still can play, he might want to join the turn around that is about to take place in Buffalo. Some might think Maybin will be cut, but there are others in Buffalo who will go before him (e.g., McCargo). Maybin is only 22, so it is too soon to give up on him. The Bills will give him at least one more year.

  26. Skleech22 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:26 PM

    I hear Buffalo has some good Roids! He should be back at a pro-bowl level in no time!

  27. whybuffalowhy says: Nov 3, 2010 3:31 PM

    Aaron Maybin just told a local reporter that Merriman IS going to Buffalo.

  28. somesome says: Nov 3, 2010 3:34 PM

    I thought they just canned the 3-4?
    He is a pass rusher not a 4-3 DE.

  29. BigFella87 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:36 PM

    @ steelersmissplayoffsagain
    I’d like to take the liberty, and nominate you for the “Comment Of The Year Award”…….Give this man the $10,000!

  30. SmellMyFinger says: Nov 3, 2010 3:37 PM

    Shawn “Hollywood” Merriman. Have fun partying with all the hot starlets in Buffalo. Good riddance. LOL.

  31. DonthatetheJetscausetheyarebetterthanyourteam says: Nov 3, 2010 3:46 PM

    To who ever said Buff, gets the 1st win in a few weeks Vs Vikings ,you need to look no further than this sunday ,they will beat the Bears to get that ellusive 1st win , though a hated rival ,you have to respect the way the’ve been playing hard and damn near winning a few of these past couple of tough spot road games..

  32. poopy_canoe says: Nov 3, 2010 3:46 PM

    Buffalo still has a team?

  33. SteelTown-6 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:46 PM

    Buffalo, where NFL careers go to die.

  34. CliveRush says: Nov 3, 2010 3:57 PM

    Merriman on ‘roids; good, good. Merrimen off ‘roids; bad, bad.

  35. chevy064 says: Nov 3, 2010 3:58 PM

    Make fun of Buffalo all you want – but in a couple of years this team is gonna be ready to compete.

  36. JSpicoli says: Nov 3, 2010 4:12 PM

    Where he deserves to go.

  37. FinFan6886 says: Nov 3, 2010 4:12 PM

    By going to Buffalo he would be, what, a 30 minute drive from the canadian roid/hgh doctor?

  38. qblax16 says: Nov 3, 2010 4:18 PM

    I think him and Maybin might be alright… I don’t know where this optimism is coming from…

  39. ejtowne says: Nov 3, 2010 4:29 PM

    umcouldbe says:
    November 3, 2010 3:21 PM
    steelersmissplayo ffsagain, Jack Burton, FloriosPhillyFan: Please go play in traffic on the Tim Russert Memorial Highway.
    Thank You! Somebody needed to guide these people to an appropriate Highway! Go Bills!!

  40. Byrd Is The Word says: Nov 3, 2010 5:56 PM

    Woot. Nothing to lose. In fact, if nothing else, it forced them to put that scrub RT Cornell Green on IR. That’s a positive right off the bat!

  41. RexR#1 says: Nov 3, 2010 7:17 PM

    bills getting their first win on sunday in toronto over bears. merriman will help them make a 9-0 run after that for a wildcard berth.

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