Shawn Merriman was once one of the most feared defensive players in the NFL.
But those days are so far gone that Chargers fans can hardly remember them.
Now, Merriman is set to be released sometime this week by San Diego after being placed on injured reserve last week by the team.
The Chargers must release Merriman once he's fully healthy, and he'll be able to sign with any team in the league once that happens.
Although Merriman hasn't been the same since his 2007 suspension for violating the league's substance policy, the Chargers could be making a bigger mistake than they realize.
A Merriman return to the Chargers could do wonders for a team that struggled to a surprising 2-4 start.
Let's take a look at the top 10 reasons why getting rid of Merriman could kill San Diego's playoff chances.