Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman has already missed two games this season and doesn’t have a sack yet in 2010. And he might not contribute any more to the Chargers this year, either.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Merriman may not remain a Charger much longer.
According to Acee, Merriman is on the trade block. But realistically, it’s hard to see why any team would trade anything for him. Although Merriman was once among the league’s best pass rushers, he has a grand total of four sacks in the last three seasons.
The fact that Merriman wouldn’t have provide value to any other team is a reminder, however, that Merriman doesn’t provide much value to the Chargers, either. Acee also floats the idea that the Chargers could release Merriman during the season, which would be a rather stunning move considering that Merriman just signed his one-year, $3.269 million tender less than two months ago.
Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith isn’t the type to keep players around when they’re no longer valuable, and Merriman hasn’t given the Chargers anything of value so far this season.