Merriman Wont Report On Time, Wants Guarantee He Wont Be Traded


Shawne Merriman has announced he wont report to training camp with the rest of the team's veterans Friday, and suggested he may continue to sit out until he receives assurances from the Chargers that he wont be shopped for trade.

Speaking with Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Merriman made it clear he is unhappy with his name constantly being associated with trade rumors and speculation.

“It’s not about me wanting more money,” he said. “I will show what I deserve. I don’t have to ask for it. I feel like I’ve proved what I’m worth, and I will still prove it. To me, it really comes down to, ‘Am I on the trading block this week? The third week of the season, am I on the block?’ Where is that comfortability for me?”

“I’m only coming back to be the guy on the defense. I’m not coming back to be a guy. I want to be on a team where someone is going to be building a defense around me.”

Merriman, making it known on multiple occasions that he is happy in San Diego and wishes to remain a Charger, is looking for a commitment from the team. He's not demanding more money and has accepted his restricted free agent tender. What Merriman wants, however, is some assurance that he's going to be a Charger for the entire season and is willing to let his performance set the price for his upcoming free agency.

“I’m waiting for the green light to have a great year,” he said. “I need to know I’m not going to be on the trade block every three weeks. … The question is do I have stability enough to go play football and not worry about the other things. This is literally day to day how things progress, how things move. I don’t want this to be a distraction to my teammates. I don’t want this to be a distraction to me. I just want to get something resolved soon and go from there. The bottom line is when I get back on the field I plan on doing what I do best, and that is playing. I just hope to get rid of the unnecessary talk. One thing needs to happen — we need to get over the hump. And me not being there is not going to help us get over the hump.”

July 30, 2010

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5 comments:

Anonymous said... Jul 29, 2010, 11:37:00 PM

I think Merriman sees the writing on the wall and knows his future in SD doesnt extend beyond this season. now having said that, if he tears it up this year - and i think he will - he could be franchise tagged in subsequent years. and of course we'll hear all about it from him in the media each off season. but if the Chargers tag Sproles every year, I see no reason why they would tag Lights

Anonymous said... Jul 30, 2010, 3:14:00 PM

Merriman has shown his worth. Let's not forget he played through a major injury. I hope SD keeps him. He is sincere and a beast when healthy. SD doesn't loose anything if they give him what he is asking for...a chance to shine! Our PR hasn't been doing so well good oppertunity to get it back. He's young and proven what else do I need to say. Turner you said it your self his production is expected to increase. AJ do us a favor and keep him. Nothing is definate but at least you show that you have a beating heart. D is better with him on the field.

Lighting 72

Mark said... Jul 30, 2010, 8:47:00 PM

Lights Out has made a strong case and I agree with every word he has said. AJ- GIVE HIM THAT ASSURANCE!!

Nuff Said

Anonymous said... Jul 31, 2010, 6:50:00 AM

i dont see the problem really. 3,somewhat millions is not a lot for an upper-elechon OLB (which he is, NO PLAYER/MONEY GUARANTEES BETTER PRODUCTION). just let him play this season. if he his back to his old form, give him a longterm contract, if not, let him go. i dont see a point in trading him now since most teams wont give up a whole lot to acquire him at the moment.

but if you can get a legitimate compensation, you might want to pull the trigger right now, but as i said, idk anyone will give something of worth for him. missed 08 season and a less-than-optimal 09 season just lowered his value across the board. i mean, seriously, why would you trade him for a 4th rounder or so? might as well try if he can produce this year

feihlination

Anonymous said... Aug 1, 2010, 3:45:00 PM

Problem is the Chargers won't get much compensation for Merriman at this point - a 4th rounder at best. There were more highlights of Merriman on TMZ last year than on NFL Network.

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