Posted: 7:00 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2013
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH – You know that a franchise is in a good place when players start lobbying to join the team.
Shawne Merriman, a once-promising pass rusher who announced his retirement in March, took to Twitter on Sunday to make a plea for the Falcons to sign him.
He promised double-digit sacks or he’ll donate half of his salary (veteran minimum) to charity.
Merriman, 6-4, 272, believes he can combine with Osi Umenyiora to ramp up the Falcons' pass rush.
Merriman, 29, was a three-time Pro Bowler and played with San Diego (2005-2010) and Buffalo (2010-2012). Merriman has 45.5 sacks over his career, including 17 in 2006.
However, he had 39.5 of his sacks over his first three seasons in the league. After being busted for using PEDs he was unable to re-capture his pass rush. His drop off post-suspension was just too dramatic.
Here are the tweets:
Don't expect the Falcons to pick up the phone if Merriman calls. Based on his past issues -- steriods, alcohol overdose and partying like a Rock Star mogul -- he clearly wouldn’t be a locker room fit. Coach Mike Smith re-stated a couple of times already this season that you have to win in the locker room first.
Clearly, it might be time for Merriman to get on with his life's work. Hopefully, he received his degree from the University of Maryland and can find some gainful employment.
The Falcons take the field at 10:30 a.m. for their walk-through and at 3:30 p.m. today. They will be in pads for the second day of camp.
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Monday, July 29 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Tuesday, July 30 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Wednesday, July 31 Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)
Thursday, August 1 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Friday, August 2 “Friday Night Lights” at Bobby Gruhn Field (City Park Stadium in Gainesville. 6:45 – 9:10 p.m. (open to the public)
Saturday, August 3 Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)
Sunday, August 4 Practice 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. (open to the public)
Monday, August 5 Combined Practice w/ Cincinnati Bengals 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
Tuesday, August 6 Combined Practice w/ Cincinnati Bengals 3:00 – 5:20 p.m. (open to the public)
Wednesday, August 7 Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)
Thursday, August 8 Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals , Georgia Dome, 8:00 p.m. – ESPN (National Broadcast)
Friday, August 9 Players’ Day Off
Saturday, August 10 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Sunday, August 11 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)
Monday, August 12 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (closed to the public)
Tuesday, August 13 Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (closed to the public)
Wednesday, August 14 Pregame Walkthrough – No Media Availability
Thursday, August 15 Falcons at Baltimore Ravens, Georgia Dome, 7:30 p.m. – CBS Atlanta (WGCL-TV)
Friday, August 16 Players’ Day Off
Saturday, August 17 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (closed to the public)