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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The Big Question: Will Merriman stay?

By Bill Williamson

Will Shawne Merriman be a San Diego Charger in 2010?

There has been a lot of talk about Merriman’s future in San Diego.

Shawne Merriman
Keeping Shawne Merriman could be the difference between a good season and a special one.
It has been reported that the Chargers had trade talks with three teams, including the New Orleans Saints, during the draft. However, trade talks are said to have stalled because of high contract demands by Merriman’s agent. The linebacker has since changed agents. Perhaps that could renew trade talks.

Merriman is a restricted free agent who has not signed his tender. He has, however, been working out with the team.

While a trade could happen, I expect Merriman to remain in San Diego in 2010. The Chargers are a good team and Merriman can help make them special.

True, he has not been the same player he was prior to a major 2008 knee injury. But he is a hard worker who is determined to become a major factor again. I think San Diego needs to give him another season to see if he can regain his sack mojo. If not, he is still a solid player.

If Merriman doesn’t become an impact player in 2010, then San Diego probably will let him walk as a free agent. If he does get double-digit sacks this season, perhaps the Chargers will give him a long-term deal.

I think there is no reason not to give Merriman another season in San Diego. Ultimately, though, I do expect it to be his final season in San Diego.