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Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:21 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 12:58 pm

Merriman signs his tender

Posted by Will Brinson

Shawne Merriman , the low man on the to-do list of Chargers' GM A.J. Smith, has signed his tender and will report to training camp.

That's according to the San Diego Union-Tribune 's Kevin Acee, who just tweeted that "Merriman just signed his tender."

There had been some dispute that Merriman would report following the linebacker's own tweet that contradicted multiple reports about his appearance at camp.

However, it would appear that the holdout has ended and Merriman eventually realized that in order to get a long-term deal, he has to prove that he's healthy enough to produce for a full season in the NFL.

Update: Merriman confirms the news himself, tweeting that he "Just signed my tender and glad to be back with my teammates thanks to everyone #chargers."

The Chargers had a replacement ready in the form of Larry English, their 2009 first-round draft pick, but clearly in an ideal championship-chasing world, they'd prefer to have Merriman in camp, ready to play and performing at the type of level that could earn him a monster deal in the offseason.

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:04 pm

Merriman wants a no-trade guarantee (of sorts)

Shawne Merriman, it's been assumed, doesn't want to report to Chargers training camp until he gets a new deal.

However, the linebacker flipped that notion on its end with some quotes he gave to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune today, essentially stating that he doesn't want a raise or a new contract ... only an assurance that he won't get dealt .
"It's not about me wanting more money," Merriman 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 comforability [sic ] 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."
The part about "building a defense" is a touch ludicrous. After all, Merriman's not exactly Darrelle Revis or anything.

But maybe this is right up A.J. Smith's alley -- if he agrees not to deal Merriman, Merriman will show up to camp for cheap and should show up for camp motivated as all get out. Smith might not want to pay Merriman long-term, but if he plays hard for the Chargers in 2010 and there's no lockout in 2011, both sides will win: the Chargers with games and Merriman with a new deal somewhere else.

-- Will Brinson

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