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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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  • Thec07

    I sqw an nfl vidoe something where snoop dogg was reppin baltimore ravens. did apre game whatever the whole 9….

  • Stabler76

    JustWinBaby Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    y cut a pro bowl long snapper…condo?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Interesting how awards are given out these days.

    Like the guy who earns an Olympic Gold Medal
    for yelling “stroke” at the eight straining, sweaty guys in the row boat.

  • Thec07

    dischargers take a RB, who they could have had in the second…. Nice move taking a rb, a lot of team passed on cam thomas… A day before the draft I asked a charger fan what he thought of cam thomas, his response was;

    I dont like cam thomas he sucks yadda yada yadda…

    Next day I ask him, hey so what do you think of cam thomas now? he couldnt backtrack, and retract fast enough….

    Dumb A$$

  • raidertay

    Has it ever been more obsious that a player was on Steroids. Merriman production fell off a cliff since being busted. Also he cant stay healthy. Just like Giambi when he came off the juice. SD needs to get what they can.

  • Thec07

    who wants to see BRL land on another team???

  • Thec07

    fairyman <——-bosworth

  • Thec07

    I would trade a UDFA for fairyman….

  • the_big_one_of_83

    whos BRL

  • Chris in NY

    Chargers really think they’re getting a 1st-round pick for Merriman? Delusional.

    There was a time where this guy looked like the next Lawrence Taylor his first couple of seasons. Since the suspension his injuries have risen and his play has declined.

    He’s still young, so I could see gambling a 3rd or 4th round pick in the hope that he’s able to return to near the form of those first few seasons, but the Chargers are dreaming with that current asking price.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Shut the F up Laker haters. Celtics are just a played too much injury away from ugliness. And as for Wilt, Shaq could not handle his athletic jockstrap. They had to change the lanes and the game because of him. Wilt also played in an era of great centers. Nate Thurmond was his backup. Wilt at the Univ of Kansas ran the 100-yard dash in 10.9 seconds, threw the shotput 56 feet, triple jumped more than 50 feet, and won the high jump in the Big Eight track and field championships three straight years. Also was a world class pro volleyball player after he was forced to retire by Jack Kent Cooke in the ABA. One of the greatest athletes of all time.

  • inonewordraider

    Wilt at the Univ of Kansas ran the 100-yard dash in 10.9 seconds, threw the shotput 56 feet, triple jumped more than 50 feet, and won the high jump in the Big Eight track and field championships three straight years. Also was a world class pro volleyball player after he was forced to retire by Jack Kent Cooke in the ABA. One of the greatest athletes of all time.

    numbers still inflated due to the fact there were alota of midget centers in the league but maybe he is better than what I originally thought, too young to have seen him play

  • RaiderResurrection

    # RaiderResurrection Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    LOL

    We don’t need Shawne “Steroid” Merriman

    ————————————-

    But we had Lyle “Steroid” Alzado.

    Not wanting him just because of the Steroid label is a puzzy azz excuse. Try a new one.

    _______________________________________________________

    Hey JaWalrus Boucher

    Are you the general manager?

    Steroids made Lyle Alzado untouchable because he was never punished for it

    Merriman was punished and unable to get away with it anymore.

    So why take a player who needs to be juiced up, just to be good?

    I think we have enough “mediocre” players who can contribute 4 sacks a year.

  • steveandblack

    Yeah, the disChargers are really going to trade Merriman to a division rival. What a fukken waste of an article. Good thing I didn’t read it.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Undiluted NBA teams. Russell 6’11″ Thurmond6’11″ Willis Reed 6’11″ Walt Bellamy 6″11′. All players would have started at center in todays NBA.

  • DMAC
  • steveandblack

    # exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Undiluted NBA teams. Russell 6′11″ Thurmond6′11″ Willis Reed 6′11″ Walt Bellamy 6″11′. All players would have started at center in todays NBA.
    ————————————-

    and that’s why they all started in the era they played, dumbshyt

  • Glutten for Punishment

    steveandblack Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:03 pm
    Yeah, the disChargers are really going to trade Merriman to a division rival. What a fukken waste of an article. Good thing I didn’t read it.
    ===============
    then how did you know what it was about stevelikadablack?

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    From Wiki: Last about the Big Dipper,
    Even far beyond his playing days, Chamberlain was a very fit person. In his mid-forties, he was able to humble rookie Magic Johnson in practice, and even in the 1980s, he flirted with making a comeback in the NBA. In the 1980–81 NBA season, coach Larry Brown recalled that the 45-year-old Chamberlain had received an offer by the Cleveland Cavaliers. When Chamberlain was 50, the New Jersey Nets had the same idea, and Chamberlain declined again. Chamberlain however participated in several marathons instead.[ He would stay an epitome of physical fitness for years to come, until his health rapidly worsened in 1999.

    At 45 beat up on Magic. WOW!

  • memo

    The only thing Merry-man is good at now is beating small asian women

  • the_big_one_of_83

    steveandblack Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:03 pm
    Yeah, the disChargers are really going to trade Merriman to a division rival. What a fukken waste of an article. Good thing I didn’t read it.

    u still here whats the point in being a charger fan on a raider site

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    What a waste to try to enlighten some of the idiots here in the P.M. Teams then were well skilled in fundamentals. Still played above the rim. Played hurt. Cared mored about winning or what it took to win than having a career based on marketing like LaBron. No heart showed last night. Out of here till the A.M. when intelligence matters.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    No one wants Merriman and the Raiders have no use for a guy like that. Injury history, roided up in the past…a shell of his former self…just an ordinary player…hence the reason why San Diego wants him out

  • Nnamdi21

    RaiderResurrection Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    # RaiderResurrection Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    LOL

    We don’t need Shawne “Steroid” Merriman

    ————————————-

    But we had Lyle “Steroid” Alzado.

    Not wanting him just because of the Steroid label is a puzzy azz excuse. Try a new one.

    ===========================

    Alzado retired in 1985. I think steroids testing wasn’t what it is today.

    How about not wanting Merrimaid cuz he has one leg?

    One of his knees is clicking and grinding bone on bone.

    No thank you.

  • Nnamdi21

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:22 pm
    No one wants Merriman and the Raiders have no use for a guy like that. Injury history, roided up in the past…a shell of his former self…just an ordinary player…hence the reason why San Diego wants him out

    ======================

    Roger that.

  • Nnamdi21

    memo Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:16 pm
    The only thing Merry-man is good at now is beating small asian women

    ==================

    really wasn’t even very good at that

  • inonewordraider

    What a waste to try to enlighten some of the idiots here in the P.M. Teams then were well skilled in fundamentals. Still played above the rim. Played hurt. Cared mored about winning or what it took to win than having a career based on marketing like LaBron. No heart showed last night. Out of here till the A.M. when intelligence matters.

    being alive to see Wilt play and being able to copy and paste wikipedia doesn’t make you intelligent

  • steveandblack

    # the_big_one_of_83 Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    steveandblack Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:03 pm
    Yeah, the disChargers are really going to trade Merriman to a division rival. What a fukken waste of an article. Good thing I didn’t read it.

    u still here whats the point in being a charger fan on a raider site
    ————————————–

    i’m not a chargers fan… silver and black for life

  • http://atm Raider O

    We did well in the past with players that other teams thought were done.
    If the prce is right for Merriman (a 3rD RD pick), then I would trade for him, but I wouldn’t sign him to a multi year deal till after next season. He has to earn it.

  • The Big Banana

    San Diego wanted a 1st rounder for Merriman? LMAO!

  • http://Noknuckleheads! 909RaiderLifer

    Wilt had more talent in the pinky finger of his left hand, than Shaq ever had…

  • memo

    memo Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:16 pm
    The only thing Merry-man is good at now is beating small asian women
    ==================
    Nnamdi21 Says:
    really wasn’t even very good at that
    ==================
    Thats right. He couldn’t even sack a known whore AND she’s not even hot

  • inonewordraider

    funny how old timers still think the guys in their day were better when athletes are and will continue to be much more conditioned and better coached from an earlier age. A great players a great player in any era and can’t really debate Wilt Shaq since I never saw Wilt but can’t imagine he would overpower Shaq as he overpowered the centers of his era

  • memo

    SD is out of their minds thinking Merry-man is worth a 1st rounder.

    Gosh I freaking hate the Chargers…and the DOnks, and the Cheaps, and every thing outta of Boston

  • http://atm Raider O

    I know Dakota wants King James to sign with the Lakers, but that will never happen!
    Keep King James in Ohio, and get him more talent. West & Shaq are not enough!

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    inonewordraider Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    being alive to see Wilt play and being able to copy and paste wikipedia doesn’t make you intelligent
    ==============================================
    You’re right. But relying on facts to make up an opinion is far more desireable than just spouting b.s. Pasting to inform others who don’t take the time to read is no crime. Yes, I had the fortune to see Wilt play,and to be able to compare him to the players that have come since. He was a super athlete. Pasted facts to support my view.

  • memo

    The only way the Lakers can get James (and they could, Its the Lakers) is if they let go of Bynum, Lamar, and maybe Artest. Still, a lineup of Kobe, Lebron & Pau and fill the rest with scrubs; it would just be unfair

  • inonewordraider

    You’re right. But relying on facts to make up an opinion is far more desireable than just spouting b.s. Pasting to inform others who don’t take the time to read is no crime. Yes, I had the fortune to see Wilt play,and to be able to compare him to the players that have come since. He was a super athlete. Pasted facts to support my view.

    so then if your argument is correct then Jim Thorpe would have ran all over modern NFL defenses right? Or DHB a great track would be an elite receiver? Or Ronald Curry former North Carolina b baller would run circles around defenses right?

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    inonewordraider, no disrespect is meant but it’s easy in this tech age to view film of other eras and determine greatness. Not just from my day. Some from my day would have not made the “D” league. Basketball has changed but a few from the past would have dominated today. The Big O, Wilt, Elgin, Russell etc.

  • http://Noknuckleheads! 909RaiderLifer

    Charger fans used to annoy me, now I just snicker at them…

    That Silver & Black cloud that is growing is about to rain on the Charger parade…

  • RaiderRockstar

    West & Shaq are not enough!

    ***

    O: what about Z, Jamison & that Anderson kid with a clown hairdo?

  • RaiderRockstar

    if LeBron goes to the Lakers he’s more of a pansy than I thought. real men DO NOT wear purple

    sorry folks!

  • RaiderRockstar

    5pm in Podunk. later gents!

    have a great/safe weekend everybody :)

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Jim Thorpe would not have made an NFL team nor would other early NFL players due to the fact like baseball, it was mostly a white pro game and equipment and rules have changed and so has skill level and player size. With the infusion of the great black players in the 60′s it’s easier to compare that era and onword. Like comparing integrated baseball.

  • http://morbidanatomy.com A.B. Paine II

    I’m a Bulls fan, and I don’t want Lebron. I would rather have Wade. Cheering for Lebron would be like cheering for Merriman as a Raider.

  • RaiderResurrection

    Agreed. Lebron can only thrive in an Environment such as New York or L.A.

    I’m a Lakers fan and I don’t want Lebron.

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    Not the same as Boston and the Fakers. He needs better talent around him.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Have a great weekend RR.

  • JaMarcus Boucher

    I am not an Orlando fan, but I think most of you joker know-it-alls are missing the fact that the Magic are 8-0 in the playoffs so far. They are to be reckoned with, and won’t go down easily. Some of your are just flat out ignorant morons really.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    81 points was weak. He had only 2 assists that game and it was against the Raptors. The game was already out of hand. That shyt wasn’t impressive at all. But Kobe is above Lebron James. This week proved it. LBJ is a sucka
    /////////////////////////////////

    game was already out of hand? the lakers were down by 17 late in the 3rd and climbed uphill in the 4th. u talk sh*t ignorantly and aint nothing going to happen to ice cube u fool. dumb doc i agree but it dosen’t justify your b.s.

  • Guy