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Shawne Merriman to Falcons: Sign me and keep Osi at defensive end

Shawne Merriman AP

On Sunday, we shared a note about the Falcons experimenting with defensive end Osi Umenyiora as a stand-up linebacker during training camp.

While this is the time to try new things, this one raised a few eyebrows because Umenyiora has never played in space before and because the last few years have seen him become an increasingly one-dimensional pass rusher who struggles to set the edge against the run. It’s an opinion that’s shared by many, including former Chargers and Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noticed that Merriman, who announced his retirement in March, sent out a tweet on Sunday letting the Falcons know that he’d reverse course on his decision to call it a career if the Falcons offered him a shot at that hybrid role while Umenyiora remained at defensive end. He also said he’d peg his earnings to his production.

Ledbetter doesn’t believe the Falcons would answer the phone if Merriman called and the fact that it has been more than half a decade since Merriman was a truly effective player backs up that read on the situation. You never know if you don’t ask, though.

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41 Responses to “Shawne Merriman to Falcons: Sign me and keep Osi at defensive end”
  1. fearthehoody says: Jul 29, 2013 3:44 PM

    Double-Digit sack guarantee? I believe Shawn was referring to his “Create-a-Player” 99 rated Avatar on his Madden 14 game

  2. hotfire6388 says: Jul 29, 2013 3:46 PM

    wait who is Shawne Merriman again?

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 29, 2013 3:47 PM

    This guy couldn’t even complete Stage 1 of American Ninja Warrior. He lost focus of the task at hand and it cost him. Into the sea he fell.

  4. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 29, 2013 3:52 PM

    lmao!!! dude must be broke now

  5. ctiggs says: Jul 29, 2013 3:53 PM

    I respect merriman because we had a brief conversation on twitter. Pretty nice guy

  6. jagwires says: Jul 29, 2013 4:01 PM

    I knew MJD concussed him a few years ago. Poor guys lights are still out.

  7. 737driver69 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:04 PM

    Yawn Brokeman said “I was done 5 years” ago…….

    Signed
    Shawn aka “totally brokeman”

  8. kane337 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:05 PM

    How did he do in Buffalo?

  9. watermelon1 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:05 PM

    As long as he donates half his salary to ME… I’m all for this move. Let’s make it happen , Falcons!

  10. tvguy22 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:05 PM

    Are steroids legal now?

  11. 619sdfan4life says: Jul 29, 2013 4:06 PM

    Merriman you realize you can’t use PEDs like in San Diego….are you sure you want make that guarantee

  12. 737driver69 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:07 PM

    Yawn Brokeman said “I was done 5 years” ago…….

  13. brobroski says: Jul 29, 2013 4:11 PM

    Falcons to Merriman: No thanks, lights out.

  14. noring4youstill says: Jul 29, 2013 4:11 PM

    Oh yeah. Maybe he’ll bring Tila Tequila with him. FalCants

  15. pjrhc says: Jul 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    He couldn’t get double-digit sacks if he was the fullback chasin’ his own QB!

  16. jayniner says: Jul 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    Is this the newest NFL trend: Where you bet your salary on Twitter knowing damn well you’ll never pay up?

    Let’s call it Rodgering….

  17. riseupfalcons81 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:28 PM

    He might fit well with the falcons. I know he wasn’t productive in Buffalo, but who wants to play for Buffalo??? I say give him a shot, we need another pass rusher. I bet Mike Nolan will have him in tip top shape and ready to go!

  18. favresweiner says: Jul 29, 2013 4:30 PM

    The only way he will get double digit sacks is if he gets back on the juice.

  19. demolition510 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:30 PM

    Notice how he prefaces with ‘in the right role’. If ATL does give him a chance and he doesn’t get his double digit total, what an easy cop out to not donate.

  20. mrlaloosh says: Jul 29, 2013 4:30 PM

    The Falcons are getting like the old Redskins. Sign any old broken down player and pay them big money and not make the playoffs. It’s like Deja Vue all over again!

  21. bdawkins2 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:31 PM

    At this stage in his career, the only role that would be “right” for him to get double digit sacks is as a grocery bagger at his local supermarket.

  22. swaggyy says: Jul 29, 2013 4:33 PM

    Its not like the Falcons defense can get much worse. Might as well sign Lights Out. Lmaolmao

  23. j0esixpack says: Jul 29, 2013 4:37 PM

    Double digit sacks?

    That’s about as crazy as the Jets banking on Kellen Winslow being healthy and productive

  24. tfbuckfutter says: Jul 29, 2013 4:40 PM

    I think the right role may be junior high defensive line.

  25. stevent92 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:57 PM

    Jeff George will also write the Falcons saying he still has a lot left in the tank. June Jones? That was SO 1996….

  26. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 29, 2013 4:58 PM

    this idiot should have been booted out of the league after they found out he was a steroid abuser…
    then again after they found out he was a woman abuser..

    shawn merriman can’t even spell sean right..
    MJD can show him how real men play football again.

  27. grindhousegazette says: Jul 29, 2013 4:58 PM

    He couldn’t get double digit sacks against a high school offensive line, let alone an NFL one.

    @grindhousegaz

  28. billsfan1 says: Jul 29, 2013 5:07 PM

    Is he allowed to retire from the league and team he had a contract with and resign with another team? without compensation?

  29. henryjones20 says: Jul 29, 2013 5:10 PM

    peytonsneck18: sorry to ruin your day but he is far from broke, chillin in san diego.hey I’m sure you will find someone else to laugh at or root against since that’s what you do.lol

  30. bvolke says: Jul 29, 2013 6:34 PM

    The lights have been out a long time

  31. corduroy88 says: Jul 29, 2013 6:34 PM

    At the end of the season:

    Coach: Where were those 10+ sacks you promised, Shawne? In fact, you didn’t even register one sack.

    SM: “Sorry coach, but you didn’t put me in the right role.”

  32. corduroy88 says: Jul 29, 2013 6:37 PM

    myeaglescantwin says:
    Jul 29, 2013 4:58 PM

    shawn merriman can’t even spell sean right..

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Shawne is in awe of your spelling skillz.

  33. mrcogburn says: Jul 29, 2013 6:47 PM

    Pitiful.

  34. henryjones20 says: Jul 29, 2013 6:56 PM

    billsfan1: he didn’t have a contract with bflo.he played out his final yr and was set to become a F/A this yr

  35. GenXJay says: Jul 29, 2013 8:23 PM

    I seen Merriman on t.v.’s the American Ninja Challenge.
    I felt bad for him.

  36. dfalcon3522 says: Jul 29, 2013 8:52 PM

    No way. Let me ask you a question. In his last 30 games played (dating back to SD) which one of his 7 sacks was your favorite? Thanks Jason Goff for pointing that out to me! Dude is done and has been for YEARS

  37. rajbais says: Jul 29, 2013 10:54 PM

    You were done after the 2008 season.

    Please embrace retirement Shawne.

  38. axespray says: Jul 30, 2013 12:43 AM

    Friggin’ Erik Walden has been a more productive pass rusher these last few years.

  39. richdaddy1231 says: Jul 30, 2013 12:59 AM

    Why would they want to sign a guy that spends more time hurt then on the field playing….please retire old broke down man

  40. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 30, 2013 8:47 AM

    favresweiner says: Jul 29, 2013 4:30 PM

    The only way he will get double digit sacks is if he gets back on the juice.

    ____________

    No, the only way he will get double digit sacks is if he loads 2 carts full of groceries.

  41. dertybird says: Jul 30, 2013 2:42 PM

    Bring him to camp then make a decision. It won’t hurt..

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