Merriman Cut But Worth Bills' Risk

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Anyone can examine the figures, $9.77 million for nine tackles and one sack in five games over two seasons, and insist he wasn't worth the money. That much was obvious long before the Bills folded their cards Monday and cut their losses with pass-rushing specialist Shawne Merriman.

You could say they shouldn't have signed him two years ago, not when Merriman already had been lugging around so much baggage. He was plagued by injuries and connected to steroid use, either of which was enough for most teams to look elsewhere while searching to upgrade their front seven.

The Bills weren't like most teams at the time. They were desperate for help, desperate for credibility, desperate for a superstar, a difference-maker who could sell tickets. They hoped maybe, just maybe, Merriman would rediscover 90 percent of the greatness he showed when he produced 39½...

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