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Merriman holdout about 'comfortability' factor

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07:34 AM ET 07.30 | Shawne Merriman ended speculation Thursday and said he, like Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill, will not open camp with the Chargers. "I'm waiting for the green light to have a great year," [Merriman] said. "I need to know I'm not going to be on the trade block every three weeks." ... Merriman said he is not looking for a long-term contract or even a raise from the $3.269 million the Chargers have offered in a one-year tender. He simply doesn't want to be in limbo. "It's not about me wanting more money," he said. "I will show what I deserve. I don't have to ask for it. I feel like I've proved what I'm worth, and I will still prove it. To me, it really comes down to, 'Am I on the trading block this week? The third week of the season, am I on the block?' Where is that comfortability for me?"

San Diego Union Tribune

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July 30, 2010  07:47 AM ET

What player ISNT worried about being traded? Go to work and do your job.

July 30, 2010  07:51 AM ET

Drug-free this guy hasn't been quite the same.

July 30, 2010  07:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Drug-free this guy hasn't been quite the same.

That injury was pretty bad too. But, damn, he was a beast at one time.

July 30, 2010  07:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That injury was pretty bad too. But, damn, he was a beast at one time.

yup @ Maryland

July 30, 2010  08:21 AM ET

Jay Cutler must've taught a career development class this year. Here's his honor graduate.

July 30, 2010  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What player ISNT worried about being traded? Go to work and do your job.

I agree...or find a different line of work...even with a multi-year contract nothing is permanent any more in sports.

July 30, 2010  08:55 AM ET

When is this guy going to be in the in the headlines with something positive linked to him besides a steroid test??

July 30, 2010  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That injury was pretty bad too. But, damn, he was a beast at one time.

Makes you wonder if he was clean then.

July 30, 2010  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

When is this guy going to be in the in the headlines with something positive linked to him besides a steroid test??

That's not gonna happen. His best days are behind him.

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July 30, 2010  09:30 AM ET

Kids... the new buzzword is "comfortability".

Get used to it.

July 30, 2010  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Kids... the new buzzword is "comfortability".

I'm guessing Merriman's agent introduced him to that one...

July 30, 2010  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That injury was pretty bad too. But, damn, he was a beast at one time.

that's what roids do to ya'!

July 30, 2010  09:48 AM ET

"I will show what I deserve. I don't have to ask for it. I feel like I've proved what I'm worth, and I will still prove it. To me, it really comes down to, 'Am I on the trading block this week? The third week of the season, am I on the block?' Where is that comfortability for me?"

Codeword for "Please dear god, dont send me to Oakland, or St. Louis."

July 30, 2010  09:58 AM ET

Tell him what he wants to hear and then trade his **** in the 3rd week

July 30, 2010  10:22 AM ET

This guy is a dooosh.

July 30, 2010  10:28 AM ET

Not about Money....BS...................sit out all year loser....

July 30, 2010  10:35 AM ET

Reality Check time, Shawnie... The way this guy ignores the facts and just keeps spouting the talking points like nobody noticed the events of the last couple of years, he should be on Fox News!
Fact is, you've sucked big time since you got busted, and there isn't a franchise in the league who's going to pay you what the Chargers do until you show ANY sign of being able to play to even half that level while NOT roided up.

July 30, 2010  10:57 AM ET

Tell Merriman to stop worrying. They tried to trade his a##, but nobody wanted him. He should worry more about not being a salary cap cut before his contract is up.

 
July 30, 2010  11:03 AM ET

this guy has been / is / and always be a dope

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