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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