NFL Rumors: Should the San Francisco 49ers consider signing Shawne Merriman?
When healthy, the Niners have one of the best pass rush units in the business, sending all kinds of packages at the opposing quarterbacks that feature linebackers Aldon Smith, who led the team with 14 sacks last season, Patrick Willis and Ahmad Brooks, as well as defensive end Justin Smith.
This summer, however, when both Smith (hip), Brooks (knee) missed time, backup outside linebackers Eric Bakhtiari and Parys Haralson earned starts but failed to energize the pass rush. Justin Smith also missed some preseason action, further fueling the idea that maybe the Niners could use a proverbial shot in the arm on the edge.
In fairness, Merriman was relegated to playing the hand-in-the-dirt right defensive end role in Buffalo and 49ers really wouldn’t have a regular spot for him. However, the veteran, who was released by the Bills after one uneventful season following a decent career with the San Diego Chargers that started strong but ended with injury issues, might have some value on passing downs as a potentially disruptive pass rusher, especially if someone ahead of him is injured.
While one could argue that he hasn’t been relevant since 2007 , he still might be worth a low-base, incentive-laden contract, or at least a tryout, from the 49ers. The team would have nothing to lose by having Merriman in to workout, talk to the coaching staff and try to show that he might still have something left in the tank.
The five greatest fan signs ever found at an Atlanta Falcons game
Falcons fans are the real deal. Through thick and thin, ups and downs, wins and losses, the Falcons faithful are always there, even if they're a little angry. And you know what, Falcons fans deserve to be a little angry. It's not very often that they have something to root for. And while this season looks to carry some hope (at least more than last season), don't expect that to calm the Falcons fans' tempers. Sometimes that leads to some really awesome fan signs. Read More
Five newspaper covers that absolutely ripped Tom Brady and his deflated balls
We all know that people love to make fun at the Patriots' expense, but you'd think that Newspapers, the last haven for responsible journalists, would stray from hyperbole, right? Wrong. Nope, in fact, newspapers and their creative designers are probably the most ruthless culprits of the Tom Brady hate fest. Read More
Three bold predictions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015 season
This is a time for hope and happiness! Who cares if the Buccaneers were the worst team in the league last year, this is the start of a new era! These aren’t your fathers Buccaneers! So with that said, here are three bold predictions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015 season: Read More
Three hilarious reasons why Deadspin thinks the New York Jets suck
Deadspin's Drew Magary is in the midst of a really awesome series entitled "Why Your Team Sucks." It's simple, it's mean and (most importantly) it's really funny. Here's what he had to say about the Jets: Read More
The three Carolina Panthers you should be most excited to watch this preseason
Training camp is here, and that means we can talk about football, real frickin’ football. And I couldn’t be happier. I’ve already got my DVR set up to record Hard Knocks, I’m doing fantasy mock drafts every night and I’m scouring the web for every bit of Panthers news I can find. I’m ready. Read More