Shawne Merriman did not report to Chargers training camp on schedule yesterday, giving as his reasons that he wants assurance that he will not be traded and that he wants to be sure that he will "be with a team that will build its defense around me."
A.J. Smith, who doesn't usually comment on contract issues, said today that the team will not guarantee not to trade Merriman, and that it will not build its defense around him. Given Merriman's level of performance last season, I'd say that represents very sound judgement.
It will be interesting to see when Merriman reports to training camp.