Re: Merriman On His Way Out of San Diego?
posted at 5/18/2010 12:49 AM EDT
Bolt...your Chargers can have Merriman. But, if they can find another team stupid enough to trade a first or second round draft choice for him, they should jump at it. The guy has been a very pedestrian player ever since he was forced to get off the juice. They stuck with LT too long...and now they're making the same mistake with Merriman.
But, don't take my word for it. This from SI's Peter King:
"The one thing about player movement that has befuddled me all offseason is when I hear fans and some in the media wonder, "Why isn't anyone going after Shawne Merriman? He's a restricted free-agent, only 25, and the Chargers would let him go.''
The answers: He may not be what you think he is, the Chargers put a compensation level of first- and third-round picks for him early in the offseason, he wants too much money, and ... well, that would just about do it.
But let's stick with the facts, and the numbers. It's been since 2007 that Merriman was good. Why would anyone pay a premier number for him? Divvying up the first five years of his career: From 2005-07...Merriman played 42 games, registered 39.5 sacks, with 10 forced fumbles, and 15 passes defensed. But, from 2008-09, he's played 15 games, registered 4 sacks, with no forced fumbles or passes defensed.
Merriman won the NFL's defensive rookie of the year award in 2005, then was suspended for four games for using performance-enhancing drugs in 2006, and then had another strong year in 2007. In 2008, he went against the wishes of the Chargers and eschewed knee surgery early in the offseason; he played one game, then had to have the same surgery the Chargers wanted him to have months earlier, a bad decision that led to him playing in only one game in 2008. Last year, he was a run-of-the-mill rusher, almost totally without impact.
So I ask: Why would any team pay significant compensation and give him the kind of contract he feels he deserves? Merriman turns 26 this month. If I were him (unless he knows he's washed up and just wants to get some guaranteed money before he goes on to his next career), I'd play for the one-year contract this year, stop trying to get a rich deal elsewhere that won't come, and prove again I'm a premier player".