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.