Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman recently suggested that he’d be signing an injury waiver and reporting for offseason workouts with the team. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Merriman and the team have indeed agreed that, if he suffers a season-ending injury while working out with the team, he’ll receive the full amount of his 2010 salary of $3.269 million.
“I see no point in not working out with the team,” Merriman said. “I
wanted to do this. I’m a big-picture guy. . . . I’m going to be me.”
Five years ago, Merriman’s commitment to being himself made him one of the very rare rookies to refuse to sign a similar document and participate in minicamps and other offseason workouts before signing a contract. Then again, it’s presently unclear whether Merriman will be only lifting and running with the team, or whether he’ll participate in on-field offseason practice sessions.
“I don’t know about minicamp or anything else,” Merriman said. “I’m taking it
one day at a time.”
Because he’s not under contract, Merriman can boycott all offseason practice sessions, voluntary and mandatory. He also can hold out of training camp and the preseason without being subject to a fine. Because Merriman’s RFA tender equates to 110 percent of his 2009 pay, his tender offer is not subject to reduction after June 15; thus, he can stay away from any and all activities until the eve of the regular season and receive his full salary — unless the Chargers rescind the tender offer.