San Diego Chargers’ Shawn Merriman—New Agent a Sign of Imminent Departure?

May 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

San Diego Chargers' linebacker Shawne Merriman may have taken the most important steps towards putting on a different uniform when he fired longtime agent Tom Condon in favor of David Dunn.
What this tells us if nothing else is that Merriman has no intention of playing 2010 under the restricted free agent tender ascribed to him by the San Diego Chargers early in the offseason.
That tender, which would have offered up over $3 million in salary this year while allowing Merriman to troll the market as an unrestricted free agent in 2011, drew the pass-rushing linebacker’s ire after he felt he deserved a long term contract representative of three elite seasons.
San Diego general manager A.J. Smith felt otherwise.  With last year’s first-round pick Larry English waiting in the wings and a 2009 season plagued by nagging injuries, the team remained unsettled on Merriman’s ability to truly regain his early career form.
It has been reported that at lea...

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