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Shawne Merriman is waiting for a 3-4 defense to call


The football world hasn’t heard much of anything from Shawne Merriman since the Bills released him this summer and it doesn’t sound like he’s hearing all that much from the football world.

Not the parts of it he wants to hear from, anyway. During an interview with 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, via, Merriman said that he wants to continue his career, but only with a team that wants him to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme after washing out as a defensive end with the Bills.

“Yeah, we’ve spoken to several teams, a few early on right after the release in Buffalo that were a 4-3. We just felt that wasn’t best-suited for me to go back in that defense and play defensive end again,” Merriman said. “We’re just waiting for the right opportunity to play in the 3-4 scheme that I’ve been playing my whole career.”

Merman said his injured Achilles has totally healed since having surgery in December and took issue with the notion that he’s had a string of health problems when all of his injury issues stemmed from that one problem that’s now been repaired. That obviously hasn’t been enough to convince a team to take a shot on a player who, for whatever reasons, has posted five sacks over his last four seasons after racking up 39.5 in his first three years as a professional.

While it wouldn’t be surprising to see Merriman, who is 28, get another look from a team looking to recapture his old spark, it would be surprising to see Merriman actually recapture it after so many years of diminished returns.

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26 Responses to “Shawne Merriman is waiting for a 3-4 defense to call”
  1. brianforster says: Sep 19, 2012 1:49 PM

    redskins need to give this guy a look, hes probably done but the potential is there. he is from D.C. and went to UMD so maybe it would light a fire under him to be playing for his hometown team.

    it certainly would be his last opportunity

  2. rickastleydancemoves says: Sep 19, 2012 1:52 PM

    He should be in his elite, prime years at age 28. He’s finished.

  3. buccfaninhawkeyecountry says: Sep 19, 2012 1:53 PM

    Paging Dan Snyder…

  4. radtrigger says: Sep 19, 2012 1:56 PM

    Lights out

  5. mvp43 says: Sep 19, 2012 1:56 PM

    Shawne- lights out on your career….

  6. Stiller43 says: Sep 19, 2012 1:58 PM

    For whatever reasons? I think we know what THE reason is…

  7. wayne1693 says: Sep 19, 2012 1:58 PM

    Given the fact that guys who cause trouble, usually of the pass-catching variety, are often given multiple chances at redemption…it seems only fair to give a relatively good citizen another chance to play, particularly if he’s willing to do so under a performance-weighted contract.

  8. moses229 says: Sep 19, 2012 1:58 PM

    Does burger king even play a 3/4 defense?

  9. soldierofislam says: Sep 19, 2012 1:59 PM

    Skins should bring him in for a look. He would be good in our rotation with Orakpo out for the season.
    ……Just saying


  10. tombradyswig says: Sep 19, 2012 1:59 PM


  11. EJ says: Sep 19, 2012 2:09 PM

    I was actually kinda upset when I heard that the Bills were about to release Merriman. I was looking forward to seeing what he could do when he was fully healed, but Gailey, Nix and Wannstedt came to the conclusion that Shawne was not any better than the second string guys he was running with during preseason. It was a major disappointment seeing Merriman play for two minutes and end up with another injury, I believe he was injured more than he was healthy while he was here. I guess everybody was right about him and the steroids, once he came off of them his career was over. Its a shame.

  12. majbobby says: Sep 19, 2012 2:11 PM

    I would already have expected him to be on the Colts, with their transition to the 3-4.

    Now with Orakpo gone for the season I could see a Fit there as well on a one year Vet Min deal.

  13. eastcoastninerfan says: Sep 19, 2012 2:11 PM

    Niners need depth at OLB after Parys’ injury and only having Haggins as a backup (who was just suspended for three games).

    Check him out and sign him cheap?

  14. realitypolice says: Sep 19, 2012 2:18 PM

    I hear they play alot of 3-4 in the Arena League.

  15. muskyhunter2542 says: Sep 19, 2012 2:23 PM

    I wouldnt mind the Packers taking a look at him.

  16. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Sep 19, 2012 2:26 PM

    He’s probably as good as anyone we have on the roster now… AND we run a 3-4 now.

    I say the Colts should kick his tires!

  17. wannstache says: Sep 19, 2012 2:36 PM

    Jeff Ireland might call him… A-hole.

  18. turboreattore says: Sep 19, 2012 2:50 PM

    This guy without steroids is nothing

  19. danfoutsbeard619 says: Sep 19, 2012 2:52 PM

    Everyone always blames the steroids, the positive test came from his rookie year all other years he tested clean when he had 17.5 sacks in 12 games and 16 the next year. It was Jeff Fisher’s bounty that he put on Merriman after Vince Young injured himself running into Shawne Merriman during a run play. Kevin Mawae and Jake Scott combined for a cheap shot and it was later found out that he had an MCL tear and he tore the rest of his partially torn ACL cause he played injured, thats why he lost his explosion and pass rush prowess, and since he came back in 2009 season he reinjured his Achilles three years straight, so enough with the “it was the juice” crap he just hasnt had a chance to play healthy since 2007, if he was smart he would have had surgery after the 2007 season possibly played in 2008 or not then come into 2009 training camp 18 months from surgery instead of coming in with less than a year of rehab from acl surgery

  20. fenny88 says: Sep 19, 2012 2:59 PM

    this guy used to be on roids. they make your body way more vulnerable to injury such as legiment tears and thats also why he cant produce anymore no juice no getting after the goose

  21. iminra6 says: Sep 19, 2012 3:31 PM

    Kansas city paging Mr. Merriman,could use your leadership in the locker room and your experience playing in the AFC West.

  22. zonedogz says: Sep 19, 2012 4:27 PM


  23. Commander Buffalo says: Sep 19, 2012 4:30 PM

    Stick to dancing, Shawne.

  24. joetoronto says: Sep 19, 2012 6:37 PM

    This guy is a typical Charger, all flash and no substance.

  25. raiderapologist says: Sep 19, 2012 7:36 PM

    He should hang out with Owens and Johnson. They can all sit around together and wait for their phones to ring.

  26. ddogdaddy says: Sep 19, 2012 7:44 PM

    All the years he terrorized the Colts, I would like to see him with a horseshoe on his helmet.

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