Linebacker Shawne Merriman returned to Chargers camp Friday, ready to work, saying all the right things. In a rare move, he even admitted his holdout didn’t help him.
“I didn’t accomplish anything at all,” Merriman said. “I always
knew that I was wanted here, which was one of the biggest reasons
for getting things sorted out. You hate to deal with the whole
business part of it, but I’m so glad it’s behind me and I can go
out and play.”
Merriman spoke during the holdout with Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith, and just wants to focus on this season. Teammate Stephen Cooper welcomed Merriman back my mimicking his “Lights Out” dance.
“It was time for him to come in,” Cooper said. “Everybody wants to
get paid and everyone wants a big contract, but you can’t get one
sitting at home. You have to be out there performing and be on film
in order to get paid.”
A.J. Smith is loving Stephen Cooper right about now.