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BUFFALO (Reuters) – The have re-signed Shawne Merriman to a new contract with hopes the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker can help bolster their pass rush, the NFL team said on Saturday.

The Bills originally claimed the former San Diego Charger off waivers in early November but an Achilles injury prevented Merriman from playing a single down for Buffalo.

The team, last in the AFC East Division heading into their final game of the season on Sunday, did not disclose terms of the deal but the Buffalo News reported the contract is for two years and worth a total of $10.5 million.

“We had been working on it and we agreed on it and got everything signed this morning,” Bills General Manager Buddy Nix told the team’s website ().

“I know he’s a leader. He’s been a Pro Bowler. He’s only 26 years old and if he’s healthy he’ll make plays for us and help us win games.”

Merriman, known as “Lights Out” because of his hard hits, led the NFL with 39.5 sacks from 2005-07 but has been limited by injuries in recent seasons.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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