It’s been a tough few years for Shawne Merriman as we watched his career go from one of the most dominating defenders in the league to a career threatening injury. Yesterday Merriman was placed on the IR meaning that when he comes back from injury the Chargers will have to release him. With the injuries he has sustained during his career, this is probably his last stop in the NFL.
Merriman started off as the 2005 12th overall pick in the draft. The pick was part of the Manning-Rivers trade, which at first seemed like a slam dunk for the Chargers, now seems like a push. Rivers has turned out to be a fine quarterback, arguably better than Eli. Merriman is essentially out of the game, so I look at it as a wash. Of course Rivers does need to bring a Super Bowl to San Diego before it’s completely even.
There was a time when Shawne was compared to Laurence Taylor, and it was completely justified. He was a monster defensively, awarded a couple of trips to the Pro Bowl. His value as an autographed card should not have changed. He was one of the best defensive players in the league if only briefly. His card values have stayed mostly stagnant over the past year. Most hovering between $3 – $10 on ebay. The card pictured below went for $1 recently, and I consider that a bargain. What are your feelings toward Shawne?