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Pro-Bowl linebacker Shawne Merriman of the San Diego Chargers was arrested on Sunday and accused of choking and restraining his girlfriend, reality star Tila Tequila, as she tried to leave his home.
Merriman was booked around 8:30 A.M. Sunday morning and released by 11:00 A.M. the same day. Tila Tequila’s, real name Tila Ngyuen, condition was not immediately available. Tequila was made famous when she starred in the MTV reality show, “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila”, a bisexual dating show that featured whacked-out men and women vying for Tequila’s love. As far as respected accomplishments, Tequila has none. She has posed in Playboy and other men’s magazines…bravo!
San Diego Chargers’ G.M. A.J. Smith has reportedly been critical of Merriman’s extracirricular activities as of late. Merriman was suspended in 2006 when he tested positive for steroids. He has also been a recent fixture on the LA social scene and his non-football business ventures are beginning to bother Chargers’ management.
Being Shawne Merriman; why would you waste your time with Trashy Tila?
Just wanted to post a quick NFL News update, which should really come everyday because of how busy it has been lately:
LaDainian Tomlinson has accepted the restructured contract offer from the San Diego Chargers. For all those football fans who thought LT may come and wear your teams’ colors, I’m sorry. LT made the right move by taking less money and accepting the fact that he is on the “back end” of his career. As I said before, I don’t necessarily think that age 30 for LT is like age 30 for Shaun Alexander but the Chargers are playing it safe. And I’ll say one more thing about the Chargers, Darren Sproles is not their future. He’s a good jab for a two-back backfield but he cannot be the feature back in San Diego, or anywhere. That was free…
Sources are reporting that Jay Cutler and Denver Broncos’ officials took part in a conference call that was meant to tie-up the lose ends between the young quarterback and, particularly, rookie head coach Josh McDaniels. But according to a source close to the situation, the matter has gone “from bad to worse”. According to the source, Broncos’ officials had a tone that made it seem like the whole fiasco was Cutler’s fault and not their own. After the call, Cutler was reported as saying he would rather be traded than stay with a team that isn’t going to commit to him long-term. My personal feeling is that almost anyone can be traded in the NFL. With that being said, Cutler should suck it up and take it like a man. Don’t cry about it Jay, show them why you’re worthy – the NFL is a “show-me” league. But on the other hand, Jay Cutler has a point. He is a young guy who was drafted to be the franchise quarterback, or at least the best thing since a bum named Elway. If I was Cutler, I would want a team that is commited to me but I understand that I would have to prove that. Jay Cutler has yet to prove anything besides the fact that he has a legitimate cannon for an arm. Once Cutler gets the Broncos to the playoffs, maybe the front office will take his potential franchise label into consideration.
And finally, Alex Smith accepted a restructured contract offer from the San Francisco 49er’s, an offer that will pay Smith $20 million less than his original contract. Why would Alex Smith, a #1 draft pick jsut four years ago, do this? The 49er’s don’t necessarily think this kid is a bust. Smith, of course, doesn’t consider himself a bust. So I believe that Smith wants to stay in San Fran and prove to the team that drafted him that he was well worth their first overall pick and more than capable of being a franchise quarterback. Smith has been plagued with injuries for the majority of his first four seasons and a different coordinator every season has not helped him to develop. At just 24-years-old, Alex Smith was on a lot of team’s radar but he elected to stay with the Niners for less money. I will go out on a limb right now and say that Alex Smith will beat out Shaun Hill in training camp and Mike Singletary will have Alex Smith starting in Week One.
The San Diego Chargers have announced that they have laid their final offer on the table for their future Hall of Fame running back, LaDainian Tomlinson.
LT is due to make $24 million by 2011 but the Chargers have offered him a restructured contract of less than the original $24 million in order to clear some cap room. Tomlinson has expressed his desire to stay in San Diego but I find it hard to believe that a player of his caliber will settle for Justin Fargas money.
Many people will tell you that a 30-year-old running back is equivalent to an 85-year-old man, but I would argue that it’s different with a guy like LT. LT is in fact turning 30 this summer and his play last year was below-average due to injuries to his toe, knee, and groin…BUT DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS GUY. There is no way I’m believing that LT turns out like Shaun Alexander – from leading rusher to leading couch potato.
The fun question to ponder is: where will LT end up if he actually does choose to leave San Diego? Drew Brees has expressed on a radio interview that he would love to play with LT again, so I guess New Orleans has to go on the list. But wait, when we’re talking about a guy like LaDainian Tomlinson, I think it’s safe to say that EVERY team would consider adding them to their squad. With that said, it’s easier to make a list of teams that would be less likely to take LT if he were to become available:
- Minnesota – Adrian Peterson is heading to Canton quickly and Chester Taylor adds a good jab
- New York – Jacobs and Bradshaw will be there for a while
- Buffalo – They have Lynch and Fred Jackson who are both young and very talented, plus T.O. is hurting their books this year
- Carolina – Williams and Stewart are young and have proven to be the future
- Tennessee – The perfect example of ‘Thunder and Lightning’, LenDale White and Chris Johnson
If your team isn’t on the list then consider yourself a potential home for the All-Pro…
First it was the rumors that the San Diego Chargers had Pro-Bowl running back LaDainian Tomlinson on the trading block. Then it was Tomlinson writing on his official website that he wanted to finish his career in San Diego. After that, Chargers’ GM A.J. Smith made some comments that seemed as if he was mocking Tomlinson. All of which was followed by a discussion between Smith and Tomlinson. Solved, right? Hardly…
Tomlinson stated that Smith apologized for the comments and that he did not intend for the comments to sound the way he did. Tomlinson continues to express his desire to stay with San Diego and finish his career with the organization that drafted him. Tomlinson also mentioned that he and Smith discussed the possibility of a trade.
Who would have thought that a future Hall of Famer like LT would have to work to stay with an organization? I understand that the NFL is a business above all, but c’mon. There is no one in their right mind that could say LT is done after 8 solid years in the league. He has 11,760 yards and 126 rushing touchdowns in just those 8 years and he boasts a career average of 4.5 yards per carry. Even with the slowly approaching age of 30 (Tomlinson is 29), teams should not shy away from any deal that could get their hands on him.
The NFL has an even worst trade rate for years-of-age than dogs. When running backs in the NFL turn 30, they’re considered dead. The NFL’s 30-year-old running back is an 80-year-old man with a life expectancy of 100. But LT cannot be looked at as one of those guys.
And now we are back at square one. A.J. Smith apologizes and LT still waits. Tomlinson’s only intention is to get healthy over the summer and play football next season. Although he would prefer to play in San Diego, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that he can contribute a WHOLE lot to any organization…and he will not hesitate to do so.
This is an extremely exciting time for football fans everywhere, especially if your team happened to post a pretty good record. It’s the start of the NFL playoffs. Time to order the wings, grab the beers, call the buddies, and retire to the mancave for the next 8-12 hours. I have my playoff picture sprawled out in my mind, who I think will go where and who will ultimately win it all and you should too. To start, here’s what I like for Saturday’s games…
Atlanta @ Arizona (4:30pm) – Arizona got to the playoffs because of an atrocious division and they really embarassed themselves in games latter in the season. They have had trouble selling tickets to a playoff game, which doesn’t happen often in Arizona, and that is a sign that the fan support isn’t what it could be. With the college-like offense, there’s no doubt that the Cards are entertaining to watch – but they don’t have the defense to do any damage in the playoffs. Atlanta, on the otherhand, is the perfect cinderella story this season. Worst team a year ago, Mike Vick is an idiot, fans in Atlanta are hating every minute of it, etc. Then they draft Matt Ryan (NFC ROY), sign a guy named Michael Turner, and get a new coach who really knows what he’s doing. For my pick I look at one match-up, Michael Turner vs. Cardinals’ defense. I like Atlanta. Matt Ryan will not be perfect but Michael Turner will do his work. Arizona’s offense won’t dominate like it usually does and the homefield advantage will have no effect on either ball club. Atlanta comes out on top.
Indianapolis @ San Diego (8:00pm) – This game is a lot harder to predict than most. San Diego makes me scratch my head and Indy has been a quiet surprise after their slow start. I would like to think that Peyton Manning is on a mission and he won’t lose his first playoff game, but the Chargers are still my early Super Bowl pick (you can laugh at that one, I do). With new reports that LT has a tear in his groin, and those normally don’t feel too good, I’ll have to go with the Wonders – a.k.a. Colts. The Colts have the opportunity to pull what the Steelers did a couple years ago. It’s not likely and I don’t think they’ll win the Super Bowl, but I think the Colts prevail in this game today.
Good luck, get ready for Sunday