Posted Wed Oct 13th by Monty
Shawne Merriman‘s career as a San Diego Charger is over.
On Wednesday, the Chargers placed Merriman on Injured Reserve (calf) with a minor-injury designation.
Unlike typical placements on Injured Reserve, this doesn’t end Merriman’s season, and it doesn’t preserve Merriman’s rights with the team for the year. Quite the opposite, in fact — once healthy, the Chargers must release Merriman, and Merriman is free to sign with any team, even this season.
So, for all intents and purposes, the Chargers just released Shawne Merriman; he just needs to be healthy before he can sign with another team.
A three-time Pro Bowler and All Pro, Merriman’s production has tapered since suffering a knee injury in 2008. He’s been hindered by knee, foot, and calf injuries since, only registering four sacks in the past two seasons.
Elvis Dumervil is out for the season. Robert Ayers is out for six weeks. One’s knee-jerk reaction is to bring in the once-pass rush specialist to aid the Broncos’ defense. But he comes with baggage: the looming threat of suspension (for both PEDs and personal conduct), his injury history, his decision to holdout this summer, and his recent lack of production. What say ye, Broncos fans — is Merriman worth the risk?