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Raiders should resist urge to trade for Merriman

By Steve Corkran
Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 10:48 am in Oakland Raiders.

The thought of San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman wearing a Raiders uniform would have seemed preposterous as recently as two years ago.

At the time, Merriman was fresh from a season in which he recorded 12 ½ sacks and in the prime of a career that seemed destined to culminate with his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There was no way the Chargers would part with the league’s premier defensive player.

Now, 11 days shy of Merriman’s 26th birthday, the Chargers are trying to dump Merriman, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The paper reported that the Chargers had three failed attempts at unloading Merriman last month.

The snag reportedly resulted from the Chargers insisting upon a first-round draft pick in exchange for the five-year veteran. The New Orleans Saints reportedly were one of the teams interested in acquiring Merriman.

Merriman still hasn’t signed the first- and third-round tender of $3.27 million that the Chargers offered him as a restricted free agent. The Union-Tribune said the Chargers still are working on moving Merriman.

This is where the Raiders come in. They haven’t had a game-changing player on defense since the days of free safety Rod Woodson, with apologies to cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

When Merriman was at his best, teams devised game plans that included ways to steer clear of Merriman and provided for maximum protection against his frequent incursions into the backfield. No more. Merriman is just another guy in the Chargers defense.

In years past, Raiders managing general partner Al Davis would find it hard to resist the urge to trade for a high-profile player such as Merriman, regardless if it was obvious to most that the player’s best days were behind him.

However, Davis has resisted such urges the past two years, with the notable exception of trading for defensive lineman Richard Seymour just before the 2009 season started. At least Seymour still bears a resemblance to the dominant player he was for eight seasons with the New England Patriots.

As for Merriman, he recorded only four sacks last season, including none in his team’s final seven games. This from a player who averaged more than 13 his first three seasons.

Merriman said in an interview on NFL Network that he wants to remain with the Chargers. He also said that his drop in production last season owed more to injuries than anything else.

“Yeah, I had a rough year,” Merriman said. “Yeah, I had a groin and a foot injury that really slowed me down a whole lot. I came back from something that was tough for many guys to do, and right now, I’m more concentrated on getting back on the field 100 percent and performing like I do.

“There’s nothing more important to me than going out there and providing the things that I’ve been doing for my team for five years now. That’s the most important thing going on in my life and how I can get back and play great football.”

The Raiders still have a need for players who can change the complexion of games. Merriman once was that kind of player. Davis would be wise to let the phone go to voicemail if Chargers general manager A.J. Smith calls.

There are 13 linebackers on the Raiders roster. It’s likely that none will ever reach the level of play that Merriman displayed his first three seasons. However, it’s also likely that rookie Rolando McClain and a few others will surpass the play of Merriman next season and beyond.

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  • inonewordraider

    Jordan was a bigger ball hog than Kobe but everyone loves Jordan

  • the_big_one_of_83

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    I dont care what you Laker f@gs say…..Kobe is still a b!tch ass punk and you are going down! Especially if you play Boston. Those rough and tough mean fools will punk LA again

    do u even like basketball or even a nba team

  • The Return of Godliness

    # SD_Raider_619 Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I have the most respect for Ray Ray Allen n thats it for the Celts!!!
    **************************

    You trippin bruh. I respect that entire Celtic squad. Them n*ggas is soldiers

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Where is this rhetoric about Desmond Bryant being 310lbs coming from?

    Here is our starting lineup….you all can talk about moving players around…but that is yet to be proven…we do know that:

    1. Cable said Houston is here to abuse Tight Ends
    2. Seymour was tendered as a defensive end
    3. Cable said the NT options were Kelly and Bryant

    So a 290lb Nose Tackle? Hmmmmmm. Are we trying to take football back to the 80′s?

  • silvernbleez

    The chokeland faders suck donkey balls with an arrowhead up their arse! Bolts all the way. Jason Campbell out with an torn acl already!!!! Hahaha eat it trader fans! The raiders will always belong to LA

  • SD_Raider_619

    Soldiers??? talk about Los Suns that way bro!!! The Celtics got lucky that they got to Lebron James cause the whole Cavs teams suck a big verga!!!

  • On the beach in Cancun

    We surely don’t need a dischargers castaway. Especially, at DE. I don’t see that position as a major problem. If Al is going to spend money, then spend it on a “CENTER,” which is a position of need, great need.

    Jake Grove, who was less than average as a player, looks good in comparison with Satele & Morris. Satele & Morris are at the bottom of the junk pile and they bring down the rest of the line. When Barrett Robbins freaked out in Mexico and went on his drug binge, his loss at center changed the whole dynamics of our offence from run to no-run and we got our butts kicked by Gruden and company. I’m not saying that’s the reason we loss but it sure contributed.

    PS: So where was Labron last nite, he surely wasn’t in Boston. The true MVP is Kobe. He’ll take over a game and will his way to victory. You Kobe & Lakers haters need not comment, just go suck on your fzck stick.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I need a link saying Desmond Bryant weighs 310lbs.

  • The Return of Godliness

    # the_big_one_of_83 Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    I dont care what you Laker f@gs say…..Kobe is still a b!tch ass punk and you are going down! Especially if you play Boston. Those rough and tough mean fools will punk LA again

    do u even like basketball or even a nba team
    ******************************

    Idiot please me and my entire family love basketball……you have no basketball acumen for me or my family……….see Michael Dixon Jr starting point guard for the preseason 9th ranked team forthe 2010-2011 season on the Missouri Tigers

  • The Return of Godliness

    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I need a link saying Desmond Bryant weighs 310lbs.
    *************************************

    Still too small and he isnt a NT

  • inonewordraider

    Wilt would not have put up those numbers in todays NBA, Kareem is definately a good argument

  • SD_Raider_619

    Iam from Dayton town and always will be the Los Angeles Raiders to me!!! sorry im not an old timer was born in 79!

  • The Return of Godliness

    # SD_Raider_619 Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Soldiers??? talk about Los Suns that way bro!!! The Celtics got lucky that they got to Lebron James cause the whole Cavs teams suck a big verga!!!
    *********************************

    Suns are cool but Celtics have championship pedigree and win on the road….sign of a great team…next

  • The Return of Godliness

    # silvernbleez Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    The chokeland faders suck donkey balls with an arrowhead up their arse! Bolts all the way. Jason Campbell out with an torn acl already!!!! Hahaha eat it trader fans! The raiders will always belong to LA
    **********************************

    Haha The Chargers of the Cavs of the NFL…………call em the Chargerliers…..how many titles you have won? What’s all time rec vs Raiders?….NEXT

  • silvernbleez

    The chokeland faders suck donkey balls with an arrowhead up their arse! Bolts all the way. Jason Campbell out with an torn acl already!!!! Hahaha eat it trader fans! The raiders will always belong to LA!!hahaha

  • the_big_one_of_83

    the warriors are stupid in the front office i hate that

  • The Return of Godliness

    # SD_Raider_619 Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Iam from Dayton town and always will be the Los Angeles Raiders to me!!! sorry im not an old timer was born in 79!
    *******************************

    They arent the LA Raiders…..LA was a 16 game road trip buddy. No legacy was built there. It all got torn down when they moved there. Your team is the Chargers

  • The Return of Godliness

    # the_big_one_of_83 Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    the warriors are stupid in the front office i hate that
    *******************************

    Yes we do have a dumb front office gotta get nellie and monta out ofthere….get curry a big man and a real SG

  • silvernbleez

    Jason Campbell out with torn ACL!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, have fun with bay areas Kyle boller fader fans!!!!!lololololololol

  • inonewordraider

    I’ve been silently rooting for the Celtics to make it to the finals to face the Lakers. They’re finally healthy Rondo and Perkins are better than they were 2 years ago and Wallace is coming around, may the best team win

  • The Return of Godliness

    # silvernbleez Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    The chokeland faders suck donkey balls with an arrowhead up their arse! Bolts all the way. Jason Campbell out with an torn acl already!!!! Hahaha eat it trader fans! The raiders will always belong to LA!!hahaha
    **************************************

    This is a post of a guy sexually molested throughout his child years…..please forgive the little guy

  • DMAC

    Hey SnB,
    If it makes you happy. This is where I read it. But I said it all along that it’s RUMORS.
    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2010/5/4/1457835/what-the-raiders-are-unwilling-to

  • The Return of Godliness

    # inonewordraider Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I’ve been silently rooting for the Celtics to make it to the finals to face the Lakers. They’re finally healthy Rondo and Perkins are better than they were 2 years ago and Wallace is coming around, may the best team win
    ************************************

    I can see that. It should have happened last year if KG was healthy… All in all that would be the best thing maybe

  • the_big_one_of_83

    silvernbleez Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    The chokeland faders suck donkey balls with an arrowhead up their arse! Bolts all the way. Jason Campbell out with an torn acl already!!!! Hahaha eat it trader fans! The raiders will always belong to LA!!hahaha

    take that fake a$$ so cal sh** to another site u guys are slipping admit it u will rely on rivers and gates thats all by week 1

  • The Return of Godliness

    # inonewordraider Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Wilt would not have put up those numbers in todays NBA, Kareem is definately a good argument
    ***********************************

    LOL Wilt would have still killed today’s centers…..notice how many skilled 7 footers there are out there playing? Thanks…………NEXT

  • The Return of Godliness

    83……….pay him no attention…he comes from a franchise that was the first steroid users in the 60s and has never won a lombardi trophy. His team chokes and chokes. They may be the team that moves to LA as it is

  • silvernbleez

    Kyle boller to dhb ……. Really? … Really lolololololol

  • inonewordraider

    Silvernbleez loves wearing his powder blue jogging suits, undies, t-shirts, tennis shoes etc…

  • The Return of Godliness

    # the_big_one_of_83 Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    silvernbleez Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    The chokeland faders suck donkey balls with an arrowhead up their arse! Bolts all the way. Jason Campbell out with an torn acl already!!!! Hahaha eat it trader fans! The raiders will always belong to LA!!hahaha

    take that fake a$$ so cal sh** to another site u guys are slipping admit it u will rely on rivers and gates thats all by week 1
    *****************************

    Fake n SoCal go together very well

  • http://www.randomfunnypicture.com/pictures/1373alcoholism-helps-you-forget-other-problems.jpg Lynn from Snot

    # silvernbleez ………….yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • The Return of Godliness

    # silvernbleez Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Kyle boller to dhb ……. Really? … Really lolololololol
    *******************************

    Where are you Super Bowl titles?

  • M Lonetree

    “A lot of guys would beat on me and say they played good defense. Nate (The Great) Thurmond actually used skill and knowledge of the game to play against me and make my evenings more difficult when I had to play him. Nate was everything a professional center should be.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  • inonewordraider

    Silvernbleez your team doesn’t have many good years left and with Turkey neck as your coach, you aint going nowhere and as soon as you start losing you and the rest of the bandwagoners that go to the games will stop watching and wearing powder blue and gold again

  • inonewordraider

    Shaq would have kept Wilt out of the paint and Shaq isn’t in the argument for best scorer ever

  • M Lonetree

    The other day I overheard a coupla young Raider fans talking in a parking lot. One of them was moaning that the Raiders haven’t won a Super Bowl during his lifetime.

    I butted in and reminded them that the S.D. Chargers haven’t won a Super Bowl in ANYONE’S LIFETIME.

    The kids howled with laughter.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    DMAC Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    Hey SnB,
    If it makes you happy. This is where I read it. But I said it all along that it’s RUMORS.
    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2010/5/4/1457835/what-the-raiders-are-unwilling-to
    =======================================================
    Actually read the article. Excellent article and right on the money. Basically says we are still weak up the middle and that Seymour inside is not a given.

  • the_big_one_of_83

    silver u r a fan of a team who fired a winning coach 14-2 remember that now look at you come here to hate on the team who is getting all the press

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Trade DMAC! Cut Condo! Have a weekend! I’m out!

  • the_big_one_of_83

    5 days till OTA’s

  • JustWinBaby

    y cut a pro bowl long snapper…condo?

  • JustWinBaby

    dmac needs to stay healthy for once

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com AlDavis Stopwatch

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 11:58 am
    You said you have an NBA team! Man up and declare!

    ***

    I’ve been a fan of Philly, Denver, Memphis & Philly again … what does that tell you?

    and Chicago back in the day.

    ————————————————————————————————————–

    So did you start watching NBA ball in 96? Or were you also a fan of Georgetown and Bethel High?

  • Thec07

    No more sleeping with the enemy… Let him go test himself with the jets, oe bengals…

    We wont make a run at, becuase “other forces” are at work…

  • Thec07

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    # silvernbleez Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    The chokeland faders suck donkey balls with an arrowhead up their arse! Bolts all the way. Jason Campbell out with an torn acl already!!!! Hahaha eat it trader fans! The raiders will always belong to LA!!hahaha
    **************************************

    This is a post of a guy sexually molested throughout his child years…..please forgive the little guy

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

    Parents smoking meth, crack, and mixing in a speed ball is bad news….

  • Glutten for Punishment

    pretty much ever since the roid head got caught he has sucked…..

  • Thec07

    dis chargers winners of what????
    roflmao at all dis charger fans….

    What you said about campbell is going to happen to rivers. I am shocked he was able to stay on his feet with the oline you guys have….

    This will be the year your oline really gets exsposed.

    you better hope and pray cam thomas can bring it, and is not a bust as your ability to stop the run in a 3-4 hingers squarly on the rookies shoulders. GOOD luck with that discharger…See you on the way down, as the NATION is on the rise…..

  • Glutten for Punishment

    stupid discharge front office thinks they can get a 1st for him???? now thats as stupid as it gets….thats like us wanting a 1st for gallery..

  • Thec07

    fairymen was out due to an injury, and hs not been the same since he juiced, and te dischargers want a 1st….

    hahahahahhahahhahahahahahahhaa

    aj smith is on drugs….. knew it….

  • Glutten for Punishment

    Al should give them a 1st with a incentive laden deal.. he must avg 10 sacks over 3 seasons for our 2014 1st. which will be in the top half anyways..

  • the_big_one_of_83

    wow the chargers are going to be 4-12 this season