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Merriman on thin ice with Chargers

It wasn't all that long ago Shawne Merriman was one of the most dominant defensive performers in pro football. Now it's uncertain if he'll even finish the season on the Chargers' roster.
The former first-round pick continues to be the subject of trade rumors. And even if he isn't dealt before the Oct. 19 deadline, there's no guarantee he'll remain with the team much longer.
According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Merriman needs to stay on the field in order to stay with the team the rest of the year.
"Even if Merriman is not traded, that is no guarantee he will remain with the Chargers until the end of the season," Acee writes. "Three seasons removed from his third straight Pro Bowl, having created more news off the field than on it of late, it is a very real possibility that Merriman will be released before January.
That doesn’t mean it’s likely. The Chargers gave him $3.269 million to come back this season because they hoped he could make a difference. They still hope so.
But if he is of no use to them, they will drop him sooner rather than later."
Acee said the front office is tired of waiting to see whether Merriman can contribute meaningfully on the field. He missed the season opener with an Achilles injury, played just 24 snaps in the second game, and missed last week's game against Arizona because of a calf strain.

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