Merriman made the announcement on his website as he walks away from the NFL at age 28.
Merriman was the Chargers first-round pick in 2005 and had 10 sacks as a rookie and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year. Merriman had 17 sacks the next year, despite missing four games for a suspension due to testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Injuries began to unravel his career, starting in 2008, and he finished up with a couple of stints with the Buffalo Bills the past two seasons.
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