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  1. slash83

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    He's a free agent after this year I believe, how interested do you think BB would be in him? They probably wont resign him since they drafted English at 16 as a future replacement.

    I no I no we still have to play this year and should focus on the players on the roster, its a downtime so Im lookin ahead...
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    i dont think bb will take merriman , doesnt seem like he fits the character of a patriot.
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    guy could play, I hate the chargers but I can admit when healthy this guys an animal getting to the qb and playing vs the run. Dont look that much into character, the guys never been in trouble with the law, got busted once for steroids but its not the end of the world. Remember Dillon and Moss, those two worked out pretty well especially Randy.
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    So then why'd the Chargers draft his replacement?

    Dillon and Moss got suspended for steroids? First I've heard of that. Or are you going back to that tired well of trying to make every a-hole in the NFL desirable by comparing them to Dillon and Moss, even when the players and situations are totally different?
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    Dude I was just going to post a list of all the possible FA OLB for us next year.

    1) DeMarcus Ware
    2) Shawn Merriman
    3) Terrell Suggs
    4) Julius Peppers


    Of course this is all contingent on what happens this year.;) But Merriman or Suggs could be our best options.
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    I remember seeing a clip of BB going up to a dejected Merrimen and gave some words of encouragement, seemingly. Merriman was polite to Coach although his team had just lost the game.
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    1) I was unaware that 3-4 teams played with one Rush LB:rolleyes: Did it ever occur that they drafted him to complement SM?

    2) Im pretty sure Rodney harrison got suspended for a PED and we kept him on the roster. Why would we discard a player because of the same thing?

    3) Have you met Merriman? Did he piss in your coffee? How about slap your mom? Don'T judge somebody you've never met.
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    Issues with Merriman:

    1. Cost - he (and Ware and Suggs) will cost a fortune
    2. Knee injury and long term health concerns
    3. Prior suspension
    4. Much more of a downhill player than typical BB OLB; doesn't have much coverage responsibility

    There's no doubt he's a tremendous pass rusher and intimidating presence. I think BB has respect for him. But I think he is very unlikely. I rate Merriman #3 for the Pats behind Ware and Suggs as the top OLBs out there, but all are outstanding and it's something of a matter of style and personal preference. Suggs might be the best fit of the 3.
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    Thanks for taking care of that.
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    Merriman + Tony Gonzales = 60 minutes of hilarity.

    He's a one trick pony who's sack statistics were tremendously misleading. No, gracias.
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    Even the almighty patriots had a combo of 3 rush LBS. Mac rosie and vrabz. It's not agaisnt the law for sd to have three also.
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    I believe the Chargers spending power is fairly limited. They are one of those teams that doesn't even spend up to the salary cap, even when they have the room.
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    Also, for what it's worth, I think SD is going to groom English as an ILB.
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    1) We have alot of money coming off the books next year.

    2) See my above post about next year, that applies both for us and for him.

    3) See Rodney Harrison (although he was already on the roster)

    4) This is very true but he has shown the ability to cover so we will have to see what he does next year.

    I like Merriman and Suggs and Ware but I think all of them could be franchised with the exception of Suggs(has a player ever been franchised three times?). Ware is without a doubt the Cowboys highest priority and Merriman could be the Chargers (Rivers might be a FA). I think a lot depends on what he does this year. If he has a great year than he should be a target of ours. If he has an iffy year than I think his price tag goes down and he could still be a target. If Crable has a breakout year, we might not be having this discussion next year. On a side note Merriman and Crable are the same age, Wow!
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    I've pissed in my coffee and slapped my mom. It's no big deal.
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    From September:

    NFL.com Blogs Blog Archive Chargers’ lack of offer to Merriman is curious
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    Don't shoot the messenger but do the Patriots really NEED to go after every high priced, big name linebacker/DB/OL/WR/DL that comes on the market?
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    And with that money comes open roster spots which need filling which requires money not overpaying FAs, to put it simple he will be getting a huge pay day from the chargers or someone else. As much as I and everyone else would like to have every "sweet" FA its just not feasible with a cap intact, you have to be smart where you place your money based on the depth and talent. I'm sorry but without a cap you won't see NE out there grabbing every "sweet" FA that roll will be filled by Oakland and Washington. They will be the closest things to the ****ees :mad:.
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    no, please.
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    Chargers player Phillips cited in Ivy Hotel punchout
    It very well may be that English was drafted to replace Merriman, but he makes for good insurance given the way things are going with Phillips.
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    I would have no problem with Suggs, but im not big on Merriman. Ware will most likely stay a cowboy. Keep in mind, BB likes next years draft, and we have those two extra 2's. I'd rather draft, then blow wads of money on FAs.
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    When healthy, he is the best "game changing LB" in the NFL besides DeMarcus Ware. If Merriman plays like the Merriman of old, you are nuts if you wouldn't want this guy on your team. And he is only 24! Your telling me that someone on the Pats roster is better than him? The only way Merriman doesn't get franchised is if he has an average year and English has a great year. With that said, I'm pretty sure the Chargers will franchise Merriman.

    Speaking of DeMarcus Ware, he isn't going anywhere. Either the Cowboys give him whatever he wants or they simply franchise him.

    As of right now, Peppers is the Pats best shot. If Peppers is smart, he will take a page out of Asante Samuel's school of business and have a written agreement that Peppers can't be franchised the following season. Of course, this will happen when he eventually signs the franchise tag.

    Suggs will be franchised until he signs long term. Or he can take a page out of Asante Samuel's school of business.
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    This is funny looking to upgrades for next season because I just have a feeling that Brady is going to start a lil slow like Manning did this past season...but I just feel as if we're going to win this year, with such upgrades on defense and quickness added since the infamous 18-1 season I see another superbowl headed our way.. This time the officials will have no say in who wins this game... I dont think it will even be close.. call me crazy but when it happens remember this post....cuz you're gunna b like :eek:
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    This is funny, looking to upgrades for next season because I just have a feeling that Brady is going to start a lil slow like Manning did this past season....but I just feel as if we're going to win this year, with such upgrades on defense and quickness added since the infamous 18-1 season I see another superbowl headed our way.. This time the officials will have no say in who wins this game... I dont think it will even be close.. call me crazy but when it happens remember this post....cuz you're gunna b like :eek:
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    I honestly dont think sd will franchise merriman. They still have to extend Rivers, maybe Sproles, after drafting english I think merriman is last on there list. Im saying he hits free agency.
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    i think merriman is one of the best LB in the NFL but if sd is that crazy to let him go and we get him thats would meen wilfork and seymour both gone next yer and Merriman would never get to the QB with out dose to big guys blocking for him
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    Unlike some here, I believe that Merriman is extremely talented.
    I still don't want that punk on my team, though. With that behavior, I don't care how good he is.
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    It would be funny if Merriman becomes a Patriot and we go into SD for a playoff game and he does his steroid dance as a Pat after sacking Rivers. The look on LT's face would be priceless. :)
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    Behavior? He does a dance, a la Junior Seau, and several other LBs in the game. Wasn't as bad as Hobbs' crap, and I like Ellis.

    If we're going to condem him for testing positive, better do the same for Rodney as well.

    I believe AJ Smith already said they won't be franchising Merriman.

    With that being said, I think he's a great player. Either way, probably a chance to get Merriman, Suggs, or Peppers next year (I think Ware gets franchised), so I doubt they all break the bank. Washington doesn't play a 3-4 and every other team is pretty sane.
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    SD couldn't pressure the passer at all last year, Merriman is huge for what they on defense. He makes guys like phillips look a lot better. However, it's strange that SD is pretty much open that they won't be keeping him around after this season. Maybe it's the injury, or maybe it's because he's a jerk.

    Now if we could get ware...oh man. I know theres no chance, but Ware is one of the top 3 players in the nfl, IMO.
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