The scene: April 24, 2004, and the Chargers hold the first-overall pick. After a four-win season behind Drew Brees and Doug Flutie, and five years removed from the Ryan Leaf debacle, San Diego was back in the market for a franchise quarterback.
After eight years in the league and three seasons for the Bills in which he was a shell of his former three-time Pro Bowl self, linebacker Shawne Merriman announced on his website Tuesday that he was retiring.
The Bills refused to pack it in, and they ended the season on a high note with a 28-9 victory over a Jets team that showed few signs of life.

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