Shawne Merriman electrifies Qualcomm Stadium with the "Lights Out" dance.
He is a great person on and off the field who has repeatedly expressed his loyalty to San Diego and his desire to play his whole career there.
That having been said, Merriman has been weighed down by a few problems in the last few years.
The first, of course, was the drug bust (Merriman's bust and subsequent suspension for PED use in 2006.)
If he was on the juice, he certainly isn't anymore, because he hasn't been the same since.
The second problem is Merriman's injury.
Merriman tore two tendons in his knee at the end of the 2007 season, but chose to forgo surgery in the hopes of playing in 2008.
He played one game after which he was placed on IR. Since then he has only generated four sacks.
The third problem is his off field image. While Merriman seems to be well liked around San Diego, the controversy over the PED suspension as well as the legal debacle with ex-girlfriend Tila Tequila have put him in the dog house in the Chargers organization.
Merriman can still be a superstar, and I expect his numbers to increase in 2010 as he gets further away from his knee surgery.
However, it will likely take a 10+ sack season to convince the Chargers brass to extend his contract.