Merriman to miss Chargers minicamp

Those expecting to get snippets from the weekend minicamp at the San Diego Chargers' training complex on Shawne Merriman, the 12th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, will have to wait. He has been instructed by his new agent, Kevin Poston

The yearly Poston feud apppears to be on. Kevin Poston has instructed his client, Shawne Merriman, to skip the rookie minicamp this weekend unless the Chargers ammend their injury protection language.

Perhaps it was the words of LaVar Arrington, a friend to Merriman, that turned the rookie to be on to the Poston's.

Arrington should let Merriman know about the missing $6.5 million roster bonus that the Poston's reportedly overlooked.

A.J. Smith issued the following statement on Thursday night:

On Wednesday, May 4, 2005, Chargers draft pick Shawne Merriman notified the club that he had retained a new agent, Kevin Poston. Mr. Poston then told the Chargers that he would not permit Merriman to participate in the team's offseason program (two Mini Camps and coaching sessions from May 6 through July 1) unless the team changed its standard injury protection language.

This injury protection language is intended to deal with situations when a player is injured before he is under contract. The Chargers' language is standard, and the Chargers have reached fair contract agreements with the only two players over the years that were injured before they were under contract.

We are disappointed that Shawne Merriman will miss the team's offseason program. We will open contract negotiations with Shawne's agent in early July. We look forward to Shawne being a Charger and joining the team in training camp.

Merriman will miss the camp and numerous coaching sessions leading up to camp. He was to be slotted across from Steve Foley at linebacker but this could threaten those chances.

The Chargers plan on opening negotiations in July and the hope now is that he will make it into training camp on time.

Given their history of signing first round picks and the hard line stance the Poston's take with their clientele, it could be a long summer.

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