Originally Posted by Fball
Not really a bad move for the Bills. Low risk, high reward. If he regains even a portion of his old form, it's a genius move.
One less hole to fill on that defense...
Dude, Merriman is DONE. TOAST. IT'S ALL OVAAAHHHH.
There's no way this guy is coming back. Do you realize that his position requires speed where split second separates the elite from the CFL? This guy was a pass-rush specialist who just had speed and momentum; no strength or coverage skills. He can't shed a block standing flat footed; he did nothing but bull rush quarterbacks. This is like a full-time, specialist kickoff returner blowing out his knee and achilles heel.
Since his 2007 season, Merriman has four sacks. Four. Knee ligaments, calf injuries, foot injuries. He has played in just 17 games. He's done. Done. Done. And every team in the NFL, except one, knows it.
This guy is like a scrap heap of rusted metal, fused together with straws, with a BMW logo on it.
That salary is not a bargain by any means. That is a LOT of money for a really low-reward, high-risk player. At his best, he could string together 8 sacks (there are plenty of guys you get this offseason for that money and production.) There's more than a 50% chance that he'll play less than six games next year, if he even plays at all.
The Bills would rather bring in some recognizable has-beens like TO and Merriman than get off their asses and do some homework.
Don't take my word for it: just look at the Bills consistent failures over the last decade. This is exactly why.