Shawne Merriman plans to retire

Updated: March 5, 2013, 8:38 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Linebacker Shawne Merriman is calling it "Lights Out" on his career.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year said on his website Tuesday night that he intends to file retirement papers.

"I retire today not because I don't feel I can go out there and still play the game at a very high level," Merriman wrote. "I am retiring because I want to retire on my own terms and leave while I know I can still physically play the game."

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