There were four, and now there are three. Now that Malcom Floyd is back in action, that just leaves Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill, and Shawne Merriman holding out of Organized Team Activities to send a message about how they feel about their salaries. I’m just excited that he’s getting back to work.
“There wasn’t really any positive in missing any more time, especially on my part, because I’m in a different situation than the other guys,” he said. “I thought, ‘Why not?’ Just come in and get some reps with Philip (Rivers) and get things rolling.”
If that isn’t sound reasoning than I don’t know what is. I’m all for all of them getting paid their just amounts. These guys sacrifice their bodies every play of every game. Say what you wasn’t about Merriman. The first year or two after a major injury and surgery are always the toughest. To his credit, he always stayed with the play even though his numbers didn’t show it. If there was a play to be made then he was usually right there. However, our sack total for last season was pretty sorry so you can understand why management is waiting to see how he does when the injuries are no longer a factor before throwing more money at him.
Jackson and McNeill, on the other hand, both had very productive seasons and (like Merriman) also really want a long term deal and of course more money to go along with it. Honestly, we may not see numbers 73 or 83 on the field very soon if they don’t get long term contracts. You can expect A.J. Smith to keep playing the general managers version of hardball for a bit longer so don’t hold your breath for those two. I can see Merriman returning relatively soon because he has to know he has to prove that he’s healthy and his injuries are in the past.
Of course, Floyd may have only signed a one-year deal. However, if V.J. keeps holding out then Floyd gets to be the number one receiving target for a while. Possibly, it could mean a lucrative long term deal the following season. This was a smart move that is going to benefit everybody. Unless, of course, you don’t like the Chargers.