Bills release Shawne Merriman

Updated: August 20, 2012, 9:46 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- It's lights out for Shawne Merriman in Buffalo after the Bills cut the one-time star pass rusher Monday.

General manager Buddy Nix said the decision was based in part on the potential the Bills saw in two younger players who had been competing with Merriman for the fourth defensive end spot.

"We think we've been patient, but it comes to a point where we felt like we needed to move on and look down the road," Nix said shortly before the Bills returned to practice ...

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