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Merriman: Holdout 'didn't accomplish anything'

Posted on: August 14, 2010 6:23 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

Shawne Merriman finally reported to Chargers training camp on Friday. After missing the first two weeks of practice, the linebacker signed his $3.269 million tender for this season, despite receiving no guarantee that he wouldn't be traded (he wanted one) or a long-term deal (he really wanted one).

And it appears he finally realized what most of us knew all along -- his holdout was essentially pointless.

"I didn't accomplish anything at all," Merriman said. "I always knew that I was wanted here, which was one of the biggest reasons for getting things sorted out. You hate to deal with the whole business part of it, but I'm so glad it's behind me and I can go out and play."

Of course, the "business part of it" is only behind him in the sense that he's being paid for this season. There are still tons of questions whether he can be a productive linebacker worthy of a long-term deal.

But that's why he's with the Chargers now: proving that he can perform on the field for a full season (and stay healthy) will go a long way towards getting him paid by someone over a longer duration once he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Sitting out the season would be as effective as getting injured or playing poorly, in that he'd only be costing himself an opportunity for a more lucrative deal.

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2010 1:29 pm
 

Merriman: Holdout 'didn't accomplish anything'

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