Merriman to The Eagles? Possible Last Minute Trade Option

J RobisonContributor IOctober 20, 2009

SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 15:  Linebacker Shawne Merriman #56 of the San Diego Chargers paces in the tunnel as he waits to be introduced to the crowd before the game against the Seattle Seahawks on August 15, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

It's late, and I just got back from the looonnnng drive across 2 states to get home after attending the Eagles-Raiders game. I had the entire 12 hour drive to bask in frustration and anguish over the Eagles loss so needless to say, I haven't been a happy camper.

I had two things awaiting me when I arrived, one good and one curious. My sweet wife who calmed my frustration with food and a back massage; and an article that quoted Coach Andy Reid about a possible last minute trade before tomorrow's 4 pm deadline.

So I just wanted to throw this thought out there before retiring for a long night's sleep.

Could the Philadelphia Eagles make a trade for all-pro linebacker Shawne Merriman? One thing's for sure, they could use help at that position.

Currently the Eagles have Omar Gaither, Jeremiah Trotter and Moise Fokou at middle linebacker. However! Anyone who watched the game saw that Gaither who is the starter in the position, left the game as one of the many injuries sustained on Sunday. His injury was the only injury that appears to need further testing.

In Sunday's arduous loss there was one key factor that helped JaMarcus Russell look like an actual pro football player rather than the winner of a quarterback-for-a-day contest: it was the poor, poor coverage put up against Russell's favorite target; tight end Zach Miller. Miller had a stellar performance putting up over 130 yds and the games only touchdown. As many of you know tight end's are almost always covered by one of the defense's linebackers; in hopes of creating a match of the size and strength of a tight end, as well as the speed. In Sunday's match, Miller was constantly wide open, and in the first quarter he broke tackle after tackle on a short pass from Russell to create the game's longest play: an 86-yd TD.

On the other end, the San Diego Chargers have been suffering from what their owner seems to think of as playing "soft and bewildered" and it didn't sit well with starting linebacker Merriman. He didn't directly attack the owner only stated his opinion "doesn't matter".

If Merriman is traded, he might change his mind on that.

Merriman has struggled this season coming back from a season-ending knee injury last year. He is looked to as a defensive leader.

If this trade idea has any merit whatsoever, my guess is it would include draft picks and possibly one of the many wide receivers the Eagles have sitting around, Kevin Curtis or Reggie Brown would make sense.

I couldn't see the Chargers being interested in Michael Vick, but I do believe his time in Philly in coming to an end. I'm putting together another story on that... just not tonight.