Chargers could be close to cutting ties with Merriman

Is the Shawne Merriman era nearly over in San Diego? At least one person close to the team thinks it could happen. Sooner, rather than later.

Kevin Acee of The San Diego Tribune put together a strongly worded analysis of Merriman’s status with the Chargers, which at this point could be considered tenuous. Acee says Merriman isn’t on solid footing with the Chargers, and he “needs to be on the field” to remain with team. He notes Merriman is, and has been, on the trading block for more than a year.

Of course, if Merriman isn’t of use to the Chargers, it’s questionable how much value he would add to another team, in a trade no less.

Merriman has been slowed in recent seasons by injuries, and this season is no different. He has missed nearly all of the team’s first four games with a calf strain, an injury that still had him limited in practice Wednesday.

Although injuries to Larry English and Jyles Tucker (season-ending) have left the Chargers thin at outside linebacker, the expectation is that Merriman will have every opportunity to get back on the field. If he can’t, Acee suggests the Chargers will have no problem cutting ties with the three-time Pro Bowler.

— Frank Tadych

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