AJ Smith On Rumors Of New McNeill Negotiations: "Absolutely Untrue."

Chargers General Manager AJ Smith was in rare form yesterday, responding to the increased chatter surrounding the team's big-name holdouts. In an interview with beat reporter Kevin Acee, Smith made it crystal clear that negotiations with Marcus McNeill have made no progress, and that there would be no guarantees that Shawne Merriman would not be placed on the trading block.

According to Acee of the Union-Tribune, AJ Smith came out yesterday to shoot down any rumor that the Chargers and McNeill's camp were to seriously begin contract negotiations this week. This statement refutes a report by NFL.com's Jason La Canfora saying the two sides were expected to get something done soon.

As for Merriman holding out of training camp in protest of a lack of assurances that he wont be traded this season, Smith had this to say:

“It was very disappointing to hear Shawne’s demands and desires regarding the Chargers,” Smith said. “But it certainly is his right to voice them. We will not guarantee him that he won’t be traded. That is not in the best interest of the organization. We will not be building a defense around Shawne. Our hope was that he would become an integral part of our defense. Obviously he has a lot on his mind going into the season. He will have to work that out with his agent.”

July 31, 2010

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Mark said... Jul 31, 2010, 12:00:00 PM

AJ may know how to find talent but, he is an asshole. Nuff said.

Anonymous said... Jul 31, 2010, 8:48:00 PM

I love him! Can't let the players run your organization...It's the way all winning franchises operate!

Rod said... Jul 31, 2010, 9:40:00 PM

Players under contract but demands for more $$$ or won't play -- haven't they ever heard of the word "extortion?"

Anonymous said... Aug 1, 2010, 1:29:00 AM

Ya he wants to win a superbowl but don't want to pay for it

Anonymous said... Aug 1, 2010, 3:39:00 PM

Merriman is a freakin joke. You know what he's done the last 2 years?...Nothing. Who the hell would want to trade for Merriman at this point? He expects the Chargers to build their team around a guy with 4 sacks last year? He had as many tackles as Larry English who had like half as many snaps. Merriman: Get your butt to camp and earn that next contract.

Anonymous said... Aug 3, 2010, 6:43:00 AM

play football and get a ring thats what we need the my chargers but aj is a asshole i agree we have let talent go because of him and we do need merriman his the shit bounce back baby show up to camp and do you....chargers all day bitches......

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