As Florio mentioned in PFT Daily Thursday, the Chargers have taken a negotiating stance likely to keep Shawne Merriman in San Diego.
They won’t trade him for less than a high draft pick, but they don’t want to give him a new contract.
That indicates they probably don’t really want to deal him. They know the film and the numbers that are out there on Merriman. And as Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes Friday, Merriman doesn’t have the value he did a few years ago.
“Not yet 26 years old, Shawne Merriman has become a faint shadow of the
dynamic force he was at 22,” Sullivan writes.
Merriman didn’t have a sack in his final seven starts last year. He put up the same tackle numbers as rookie Larry English. He has one forced fumble in his last 28 regular season starts. He looks like a solid starter, but not a huge bonus guy.
Even if the Chargers find a trading partner for Merriman, he’s not going to get paid the dollars he wants until he produces like he used to before his knee surgery.