Shawne Merriman knows exactly what it’s like to be Joey Bosa. Merriman was drafted in the first round by the San Diego Chargers and held out as a rookie before signing a multi-year contract. Bosa has done the exact same thing, ultimately inking a four-year $25.8 million deal that includes $17 million guaranteed.
Some people may dislike Bosa for holding out as long as he did, but Merriman doesn’t. Not one bit.
“I kind of understood it because I was in the same situation, too,” Merriman said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “ Mine was more injury-guarantee related, but I understood the point, and I don’t think the players are really going to hold too much against him either. I believe that they’re more relieved to have him back, and now he has to play a big game of catch-up – getting in the playbook and getting your body back used to playing football again. I’m sure he was busting his butt and working out during the offseason, but there’s no working out the actual movements of football. Now it’s all water under the bridge. I know (defensive coordinator) John Pagano is just ecstatic that he’s back, ecstatic that Joey Bosa is back in the locker room and he can really dig into that playbook a little bit more.”
Merriman, a three-time All Pro, played for the Chargers from 2005 to 2010. He was asked if San Diego’s front office is difficult to negotiate with.
“No, I wouldn’t say difficult,” Merriman said. “They do business a certain type of way. There’s no question about that. I’ve dealt with it firsthand. If it’s certain things that you know they’re not going to bend on, it’s almost impossible to fight it to the point where it can affect you as a player. You have representation. You have to listen to him. Obviously that’s why you hired him. But at the same time, they do business a certain way and they’ll give on some things, and certain things they’re not going to give on. At that point, you have to make a decision as a player going forward. What’s the best for me? I think that he did that and I think that he’s going to do great for the team.”