Report: Shawne Merriman to join WWE

Shawne Merriman perfects his belly-to-belly suplex on Mark Sanchez. (USATSI)

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This sounds about right. Former Chargers and Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman, who had previously dipped his toes in the professional wrestling waters, will join WWE, according to SBNation's Testudo Times.

The announcement that the man once known as "Lights Out" would be "joining the WWE family" came on the John Layfield and Michael Cole podcast, though Merriman's role isn't yet known.

Merriman, who starred at the University of Maryland and was taken 12th overall by the Chargers in the 2005 NFL Draft, appeared on WWE's Wrestlemania pre-match show last weekend. And in November 2013, he tried out at the WWE's Performance Center but wasn't offered a contract at the time.

But according to Rey Misterio, Jr., Merriman's on his way to becoming a "#futurewwesuperstar!"

Make of this what you will.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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