Shawne Merriman makes a bold move as he fires his super agent Tom Condon, NFL preseason power rankings begin to trickle out, and a video report from rookie orientation.
MERRIMAN FIRES AGENT, WAS BEING ACTIVELY TRADED ON DRAFT DAY
The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee reports that Shawne Merriman has parted ways with agent Tom Condon and CAA after apparently being unhappy with Condon making virtually no progress towards getting Merriman a long-term deal with an NFL team, including the San Diego Chargers. Acee speculates that the friction between Condon and Chargers GM AJ Smith did not help matters, but he also says the Chargers were set to trade Merriman to one of at least two teams but the deal feel through as a long-term contract was never finalized.
Two things strike me as a bit odd; Chiefly, Kevin Acee has long contended that the Chargers do not have interest in locking up Shawne Merriman with a contract extension, but as this continues to drag on it is somewhat surprising that the Chargers have not made any attempt to quell this notion. In fact, they are all but admitting that Merriman is not part of their future. I'm not sure that's an appropriate way to handle one of your better young players, especially when the guy hasn't done anything unforgivable or egregiously wrong. I would have hoped the organization would have had a little more tact when the subject of Shawne Merriman arises.
Secondly, if the Chargers are actively trying to trade Merriman and a new agent may allow this process to happen more smoothly, what do the Chargers expect to receive in return? What is Merriman's perceived value among NFL teams? Is he a known commodity who has had some unfortunate set-backs in the form of injury, or will he ever return to his once dominant form?
SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS FROM AROUND THE WEB
9th - USA Today:
"Ryan Mathews must step in and fill the Tomlinson shoes very quickly."
5th - FOX SPORTS:
"Well, A.J. Smith is the man under the microscope in S.D. thanks to the uncertain futures of L.T. and L.O. ("Lights Out" Shawne Merriman). Already the team has been quietly bickering and tweeting for a month after their shocking home playoff loss to the Jets, with claims of selfishness made public. So much for that 11-game winning streak entering the playoffs. Chances are that Tomlinson and Merriman will be shown the door, ending a wildly successful, yet bittersweet era for the franchise."
4th - ESPN:
"Rookie RB Ryan Mathews will have to produce immediately. (Kuharsky)"
3rd - CBSSports:
"It's time they get past just being a really good regular-season team. It's time this talented team gets to a Super Bowl."
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