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Merriman’s “exciting news” is a two-year extension with the Bills

Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman dropped on Friday a strong hint that he’d be staying in Buffalo, explaining on Twitter that he had “exciting news” for Bills fans.

Though some Bills fans chimed in that the “exciting news” would be confirmation that he’s leaving Buffalo and never returning, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Merriman has signed a two-year extension with the team.

Bills G.M. Buddy Nix shared the news with Mort.

The terms of this one will be very interesting.  How much is he getting now?  How much will he be paid in 2012?

Merriman has coveted for years a shot at the open market.  The Bills made him an offer that caused him to defer that opportunity.  The fact that Merriman’s agent wasn’t the one to leak the news along with the numbers tells us that the numbers may not be all that impressive.

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24 Responses to “Merriman’s “exciting news” is a two-year extension with the Bills”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 1, 2011 5:15 PM

    He a ‘Roid head who can’t stay healthy. What’s that worth? If they gave him much more than an average, or below average, deal for his position they are nuts. Yes, he has a reputation, but he also maybe earned that with a little help 😉 AND he can’t stay healthy.

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 1, 2011 5:18 PM

    Apparently in Buffalo, even bad news is exciting.

  3. timegambit says: Jan 1, 2011 5:25 PM

    Seems more like “depressing news,” for everyone envolved.

  4. carson9 says: Jan 1, 2011 5:38 PM

    Trying to stay on a positive note, if he can get healthy and back to his old form, what a bargain deal for the Bills. Previous Chargers players have left the Turner system and found success at other clubs (LT, Michael Turner for instance).

  5. burntorangehorn says: Jan 1, 2011 5:45 PM

    And there was much rejoicing.

  6. waccoforflacco says: Jan 1, 2011 5:49 PM

    Think about it….the ONLY news in Buffalo is how much it will snow the next day….so ANY other news is “exciting”.

    Except for the draft….what news is EVER exciting for the Bills?

  7. db105 says: Jan 1, 2011 5:49 PM

    Merriman has no leverage as there wouldn’t be many if any teams interested in him. I’m sure the Bills overpaid for him.

  8. wxmanjoe says: Jan 1, 2011 5:53 PM

    One might actually give a rats ass is Shawn Merriman was somehow relevant…

  9. h0c2000 says: Jan 1, 2011 6:04 PM

    Well he’ll be closer to Tony Galea.

  10. pastabelly says: Jan 1, 2011 6:09 PM

    Yesterday’s Headlines: Former aging all pro player goes to Buffalo for lack of better options, gets key to city, plays like crap. Second verse, the same as the first verse.

  11. rectumnearlykilledem says: Jan 1, 2011 6:09 PM

    Sure they stink now, but at least Bills fans can take comfort remembering those four Super Bowls they won with Jim Kelly.

  12. pftrumors says: Jan 1, 2011 6:12 PM

    Well I guess the Bills can anticipate the possibility of both the Poz and Merriman sitting on the bench with frequent injuries.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 1, 2011 6:20 PM

    2 years at league minimum and a dozen buffalo wings, and he’d be lucky if he got the wings.

  14. norton20 says: Jan 1, 2011 6:36 PM

    $10 M/2 years. Tough to come off roids and be productive.

  15. pittsburghsteelerz says: Jan 1, 2011 6:37 PM

    Kendrell Bell II, anyone?

  16. beefsbrother says: Jan 1, 2011 6:55 PM

    Anything is better than Maybin.

  17. insider7 says: Jan 1, 2011 7:03 PM

    I’m sure they’re excited over the prospect of two more years of no production by this roid re-tread.

  18. ralphwilsonsucks says: Jan 1, 2011 7:05 PM

    Buddy what are you thinking. Do you owe him something from your stay in SD.

  19. realitypolice says: Jan 1, 2011 8:02 PM

    burntorangehorn says:
    Jan 1, 2011 5:45 PM
    And there was much rejoicing.


  20. football4life123 says: Jan 1, 2011 8:32 PM

    He is on the bills the last superstar we had turned out so great cough cough T.O. Cough cough

  21. wallacejay says: Jan 1, 2011 10:56 PM

    Nice job Buffalo. This will no doubt make you a contender. This was the elusive piece you needed to put you over the top.

  22. virusgvr says: Jan 1, 2011 11:23 PM

    I think I am going to start doing roids and hire a trainer and start playing again. I wonder if I can get a 12 millions dollar deal if I model myself after Shawn!

  23. virusgvr says: Jan 1, 2011 11:23 PM


  24. ralphwilsonsucks says: Jan 2, 2011 11:15 AM

    They gotta start somewhere. Look at their Lb’s.

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