Monday, April 27, 2009

Shawne Merriman: Say goodbye to Chargers!

No matter how the San Diego Chargers spin it, Shawne Merriman is as good as gone within the next two seasons.

The Chargers picked outside linebacker Larry English of Northern Illinois first in the NFL Draft because:

They think (a) Merriman may not be fully recovered from knee surgery, (b) he will walk as a free agent within the next two years, or (c) both.

The most likely answer is “c,” since Merriman will be gone either way after 2009 or 2010.

One name you haven’t heard over the weekend is Jyles Tucker, who was signed to a long-term contract last season as protection against Merriman not returning.

When English signs his lengthy contract, the Chargers will have two replacements for Merriman signed up.

Goodbye, Shawne!

As great a player as Merriman is at full strength, he certainly went into the team’s doghouse last season when he signed a contract with “Best Damn Sports Show Period” on Fox Sports Network.

Even had he been healthy, he was going to fly to Los Angeles every Thursday night to participate in the show throughout the season. That certainly does not come across as putting his team first.

Let’s face it: Merriman definitely enjoys the bright lights.

The big question is where those bright lights will be outside of San Diego within a couple of years.


sam said...

I did wonder why the Chargers drafted another linebacker No. 1. Maybe it does mean Merriman is out of here soon. I hope AJ knows what he's doing. It doesn't seem that way so much lately.

Anonymous said...

AJ needs to go; not Merriman.