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Merriman wants to remain a Bolt

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Kevin Acee, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER Friday, January 29, 2010

    He has been answering (deflecting) questions for months about what will happen to him after the 2009 season.
    Well, it’s after the season, and Shawne Merriman has decided to be proactive — all along stressing that he is being lighthearted and would prefer to remain a Charger.
    “I feel like I’m in the worst possible situation,” he said yesterday. “I don’t know if my team wants me there. So I’m going to have fun with the situation.”
    Merriman has long felt frustrated by the perception he is not going to be in San Diego long-term. His contract will expire with the league year next month, but because 2010 will almost certainly be an uncapped season, he will be a restricted free agent and under the Chargers’ control.
    Merriman had 39½ sacks and went to the Pro Bowl three times in his first three seasons before having season-ending knee surgery one game into his fourth year, in 2008. This past season he had just four sacks but, playing through a painful foot injury, was a disruptive force on defense and played particularly well against the Jets in the Chargers’ playoff loss.
    Still, Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith has expressed displeasure with some of Merriman’s off-field pursuits, and the team was not pleased he waited several months to have surgery last year.
    While able to play less than a year after surgery, the type of repairs he underwent usually don’t allow for full recovery until the second season back, according to doctors.
    Merriman has never publicly indicated his dissatisfaction and has maintained a preference to stay in San Diego.
    But early yesterday morning, he posted a Twitter message from his account (@shawnemerriman), saying: “I’m going to sleep but that’s the question for the next 24hrs what team can use me the best?”
    He followed up that tweet seven hours later with: “I had a dream last night of me coming out of the tunnel and their is only 1 tunnel to come out of ...“THE Q BABY” Buenos DIAS.”
    Yet other NFL players and numerous fans have responded to his tweets and had enthusiastic suggestions about him playing for their team.
    In a phone interview, Merriman was respectful of the Chargers’ right to do whatever they wish.
    “Of course I’d like to be here,” Merriman said. “I’ve said that a billion times. I was 20 years old when I got drafted and came to San Diego. But I want to feel comfortable playing football. And not knowing whether you’re wanted or not is not a comfortable feeling.”
     
  2. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    with VJ, Merriman, McNeil and others becoming RFA, this team will either keep them or have a lot of draft picks to play with
     
  3. Workplay

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    I hope this doesn't turn into a "rebuilding year." But with lots of draft picks, who knows what it would mean 4 or 5 years down the road for this team.
     
  4. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    With that many high picks we could still be good next year and UBER dominant years down the road. I'd take it... Plus rivers is only getting better every year. With him we'll always have a chance.
     
  5. wrbanwal

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    damn, that's the first post of yours I agree with

    We're F***ed

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  6. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    I'd take a draft pick (maybe a first) for Merriman, a pack of gum for Cromartie but I'd rather keep VJ and McNeil
     
  7. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

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    Next year being uncapped we can keep all these guys for one more year, at least, particularly if we tender them high enough. If someone takes them, then we have a plethora of replacements. I expect VJ and McNeil to be around for a while. AJ will decide on Merriman based on his performance next year, unless he gets an offer he can't refuse this year for Shawn. That's not likely. I suspect we are going to get a rookie salary structure and a higher cap, so it might be more feasible to keep people than it looks right now. We have people who act immaturely from time to time around here, but none who act like some of the true head cases who have come down the pike over the years. I have no problem keeping just about everyone whose been mentioned as eligible for departing of their own volition or getting dumped-with the possible exception of Phillips, who seems to have peaked and is not head and shoulders above others on the roster.
     

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