ESPN recently reported that Shawne Merriman's asking price from the Chargers was dropped to a 2nd round pick. DC native as a child, he was a Redskins fan as a youth. Posting impressive stats early, his first three seasons he achieved double digit sacks, a 10, 17, and 12.5 sack campaign in chronological order. He has never been a pass cover guy, but great strength and athleticism has distinguished himself as a 3-4 OLB threat. Obviously, the biggest concern with a man who had three straight all-pros is his injury concerns.
In 2008, he suffered from two ligament tears in his knee, and the 2009 season he suffered from problems there as well as a foot injury. Most people have said "lights out" to Merriman, but I think for a team switching to a 3-4, Merriman's experience, potential, and athleticism is something to be sought after. I will be the first one to say I think a 2nd is a little too high, considering OLB is not a pressing need, nor does Merriman's recent play deserve a 2nd round pick, and a big contract that he is likely seeking.
What I see is this though: in our entire defense, the biggest question mark aside from FS and whatever spot on the D-line that Haynesworth won't play is the OLB spot opposite to Orakpo. While I have no doubt in Andre Carter's rushing ability, he struggled with the transition before, and I have a feeling that he is a great 4-3 DE and a mediocre 3-4 OLB. Nothing against Carter, but I just think he is the odd man out here. So, here is my preposition: We make a 3-way deal, or just trade Carter to San Diego. I doubt San Diego would accept Carter for probably the same concerns, but we could seek out a 4-3 defense and make an offer for Carter. I struggle to believe he is worth a 2nd at this point, but I think if we could snag a 3rd, we could throw out the offer of a 3rd, and I doubt, with Merriman's attitude issues in San Diego, a few off the field issues, injuries, and lack of recent performance, would SD get a better trade.
Now, a lot of you guys would probably think Merriman would bring his attitude and off the field issues here: that I seriously doubt. He will be playing on a top defense, for his childhood team, for a coach with rings. I can not stress what a coach with a proven record really does to people: a player who disrespects a coach with rings has not respect for the game, and that is not something I see in Merriman. I know half of you will jump up and down and yell "His knees, lack of performance," and other factors. But I see it like this: if we trade, by 3-way or direct, Carter for Merriman, I think we will be doing the best for 2 (possibly 3) teams, in letting Carter have a chance at a 4-3 (or a championship with the Chargers) and Merriman will be in a dream situation. I think he is worth a small risk, in Carter who has no proven skills in the 3-4.
No diss to Carter, but Merriman's potential, as seen in his first 3 seasons, is monstrous for a 26 year old OLB.
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If you are an NFL GM in need of a 3-4 OLB (or 4-3 DE), what round of a pick would you give up, maximum, for Shawne Merriman?
1st Round (16 votes)
2nd Round (96 votes)
3rd Round (301 votes)
4th Round (203 votes)
5th Round (72 votes)
6th Round (14 votes)
7th Round (12 votes)
I would not trade anything for him. Period. (86 votes)
800 total votes