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Chargers' Merriman: 'Signed my tender'

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Chargers OLB Shawne Merriman, a restricted free agent, announced on his Twitter account Friday that he has signed his one-year, $3.269 million tender.

"Just signed my tender and glad to be back with my teammates thanks to everyone," he tweeted.

Upset that he was not offered a long-term contract, Merriman stayed away for the first two weeks of training camp, reportedly waiting until the team assured him that he would not be on the trading block this season. His agent, David Dunn, said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that Merriman would report to camp on Friday.

Merriman, 26, made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons, racking up 39.5 sacks during that span. He has not been the same since reconstructive knee surgery knocked him out for virtually all of the 2008 campaign, tallying just four sacks in 14 games last season.

The Chargers still have two key players holding out from training camp: WR Vincent Jackson and OLT Marcus McNeill. Both are looking for contract extensions and have threatened to sit out most or all of the 2010 season.

 

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