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Merriman's agent meets with Chargers brass

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Kevin Acee, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    Friday, May 21, 2010



    Shawne Merriman’s change of agents has at least brought about dialogue.

    Whether this openness ultimately has any effect on the linebacker’s future with the Chargers remains to be seen. But there is at least conversation, and who is involved makes it noteworthy.

    Sources said that Merriman’s new agent, David Dunn, met for two hours Thursday afternoon with Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith and Vice President Ed McGuire.

    While it was characterized as the type of “introductory” meeting that commonly takes place when a player changes representatives, that it was in person and for that length of time might be considered remarkable. Often, these meetings will take place over the phone.

    Most notable was Smith’s involvement.

    McGuire, the team’s chief negotiator, is in regular contact with agents. But a man missing a thumb on both hands and one pinkie could probably count on his fingers the number of agents with whom Smith personally interacts. Tom Condon, Merriman’s former agent, was practically a nemesis of Smith’s.

    Contacted Thursday, Smith confirmed the powwow but would not give details.

    “We had a meeting with David that was very productive and enlightening on a number of fronts,” Smith said. “Regarding Shawne, I told him we are open-minded regarding his situation. We have many other player situations to ponder in the year ahead.”

    It is all but certain that in Thursday’s meeting the parties addressed the Chargers’ attempts to trade Merriman and the likelihood of a contract extension now and in the future.

    Merriman, like many restricted free agents caught in the NFL’s labor strife, is unhappy with the fact he received a one-year tender offer.

    Additionally, the three-time Pro Bowler is disenchanted with the fact Smith has no plans to give him a long-term contract.

    Merriman was wholly positive on Thursday.

    “I’m not in a perfect situation,” he said. “But I can make it the best situation.”

    He acknowledged some optimism about the two sides talking, but he downplayed any significance.

    “I’m happy anyway because of the year we got coming up,” he said. “There’s a lot on the line, and I’m personally ready to step up to the challenge.”

    Merriman is one of four Chargers restricted free agents who have not attended the team’s offseason coaching sessions this week. All are expected to sit out next week’s three-day minicamp as well.

    Asked Thursday if he would attend minicamp, Merriman said, “I really don’t know. I’ll be ready when the time comes. … I think it’s important to be there in the offseason, but there is a bunch of things going on that have to be sorted out in order for things to go forward.”
     
  2. Chavez

    Chavez Well-Known Member

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    Git-r-done!
     
  3. BOLT POWER

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    We need to resign this guy, he's still the best linebacker we have. Give him a decent base salary with big incentives so its a win for both sides, If he can go back to the old form he'll me $$, if not he'll have a base (just as long as its a real base not a low ball offer):unsure:
     
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  4. Bergo23

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    Its not gonna happen unless we see it on the field in 2010...I think we will see closer to the 2005-2007 Merriman than the 2009 version in 2010 another year off of surgery.
     
  5. wrbanwal

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    He has nobody to blame but himself

    In 2005, Merriman signed a 5-year, $11.5 million contract that included $9 million in guarantees and $4 million in incentives.

    He could have signed the usual four year rookie contract and become UFA last year.....
     
  6. wrbanwal

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    And beside,

    Didn't they offer him $3,000,000??? For one year? Then he can walk.

    I say

    STFU and play!!!

    :icon_twisted:
     
  7. DenverBolt67

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    1st round picks rarely sign 4 years deals.

    Just some random 1st rounders from last year.

    Orakpo- 5 years
    English- 5 years
    Ayers- 5 years
     
  8. BoltzRule

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    I am pretty sure 1st rounders sign a 5 years deal for 2 reasons, one they get more guaranteed money, and it allows them to avoid becoming a RFA. That is what a lot of these guys are pissed at
     
  10. wrbanwal

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    well where did I read about four year contracts???

    :icon_huh:

    damn interwebz

    :lol:
     
  11. DenverBolt67

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    Pretty much everyone outside the 1st round gets 3 and 4 years deals. 1st rounders get 5 in most cases
     

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