The Jets Do Not Need Shawne Merriman

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Aug. 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman (56) before a game against the Washington Redskins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

The Buffalo Bills announced this morning that they have released LB Shawne Merriman. This, for obvious reasons, has caused a stir among the Jets community, especially Jets nation on Twitter. Should the Jets get him? T”he Jets should give him a call”, I read today.

Well, I disagree and will tell you why.

Don’t get me wrong, you can make a strong argument to bring this guy in. He is only 28 years old, in the prime of his career.

He certainly has been a force on the pass rush, with years of 10 sacks, 17.0 sacks, and 12.5 sacks early in his career. There is no question he has been a dominant force, take a look at some highlights:

So you all must be wondering why I am going to say no, to Shawne Merriman. A couple of reasons.

First of all, his level of play, and his time on the field has significantly diminshed in recent years, and therefore his performance. After recording 39.5 sacks in his first 3 years, he has only recorded 5 over the last five years. If you are scouting this guy, you have to wonder why. Yes, he hasn’t played a lot of games after his first 3 seasons, but 2009 is in that later bunch, and he started 14 games that year to only record 4 sacks. His production has gone down. Turn the page and I will give you additional reason not to bring him in.

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