The Buffalo Bills are most likely going to be switching to a 3-4 defense, which means they will need another starting linebacker.
One possibility they could pursue is San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, via ProFootballTalk.com, Merriman is a restricted free agent that thinks he is not wanted by his team.
That is case as the Chargers in last April’s National Football League Draft took linebacker Larry English in the first round, and is now Merriman’s backup.
The Chargers have a long list of players that are more important to the team than Merriman that need to be signed
With Merriman being a restricted free agent this year the Chargers will tender him with the highest tender possible to make sure he goes nowhere, which is a first and a third round draft pick.
That way they can then turn around and trade him to get a draft pick back.
The question is now how much will it cost for Merriman?
If I were the Bills I would do a tiered trade with the starting value being anywhere from a fourth round pick to a second round pick in 2011 based on the number of sacks he accumaltes.
The tiers would be this:
1-5 sacks a fourth round pick
5-10 sacks a third round pick
10+ a second round pick
There are moves that can be made to turn the Bills into a playoff contender in 2010 and it is up general manager Buddy Nix to find them.
In the end if Nix doen’t do anything besides draft and sign a couple depth guys the Bills need to start thinking about a new general manager.