OLB Shawne Merriman's two-year contract extension with the Bills, which was signed on Jan. 3, left our daily team observer "stunned."
Merriman was claimed off waivers from San Diego by Buffalo on Nov. 3, but was placed on I.R. before ever playing a down with the team because of calf and Achilles injuries. It was the fourth season in a row that Merriman has been slowed by injury, as foot and knee problems have limited his productivity the past few seasons, a reason he has a total of four sacks since the start of 2008. Those types of injuries tend to linger and oftentimes can become worse with age, a reason the two-year contract was so surprising.
Outside linebacker is a huge need for the Bills in their 3-4 defense, as the team registered just seven sacks from the position last year. The Merriman extension has the looks of a desperate attempt to salvage something out of the former All-Pro player.