Monday, 18th February 2019

Lights Out for Shawne Merriman

Posted on 15. Oct, 2010 by FSM Staff in General Sports, NFL

Lights Out for Shawne Merriman

Add Shawne Merriman to the list of superstars discarded by the San Diego Chargers. The announcement was made earlier this week that the Chargers have placed Merriman on the injured reserved list with a “minor injury” designation. NFL regulations require that players with this designation be released upon returning to full health.

The Chargers will have an opportunity to resign Shawne Merriman after his release though this scenario is highly unlikely. If management wanted to keep him in San Diego they would have never placed him on the IR to begin with. And even if the Chargers made the effort, would Merriman give them the time of day? Fans who are familiar with Merriman’s strong personality would tell you hell no.

This article is by no means written to defend Shawne Merriman. His multitude of injuries aside, Merriman has been plagued by issues off the field including problems with the law and steroid use. Not too many would argue that keeping him is more trouble than he is worth. This article is simply an observation that NFL teams these days are more willing to part with big name stars for very little or nothing in return.

Is it arrogance on the part of the Chargers that is the driving force behind the dissociation with talented players like LaDainian Tomlinson, Vincent Jackson, and Shawne Merriman? This perceived disloyalty definitely cannot be good for the business of attracting quality players down the road. No one wants to play for an organization with an itchy trigger finger.

For the present time, Merriman is taking everything in stride. In a statement released through his publicist, Merriman quite uncharacteristically let the football world know the following:

“I have been blessed to call San Diego my home for the past six years. I can’t say enough about my teammates, the coaching staff and of course the fans who have made my career with the Chargers such an amazing experience. I am approaching this situation as an opportunity to grow as a player and to bring my leadership and talents to a new organization. I am ready for the next chapter in my career and I am excited about the opportunity to continue my journey with a new team.”

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