The Rant: Shawne Merriman on his way out


This Oct. 3, 2010, file photo shows San Diego Chargers’ Shawne Merriman on the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in San Diego. Merriman’s career with the Chargers is over. Once one of the most-feared players in the NFL, Merriman has been dogged by injuries the last three seasons. (AP Photo)

By Chris Dertz

Merriman’s dance show canceled in San Diego

Lights out, Shawne Merriman.

The San Diego Chargers have announced that when the former All-World linebacker gets healthy, he’ll be on his way out.

NIU fans should be rejoicing, because this means that Larry English has a straight shot to the top.

OK, maybe not to the top. English is still recovering from foot surgery, so he may have to hobble his way into the starting spot. Nevertheless, when English returns, he should be getting the kind of playing time a first-round pick deserves.

Hopefully he can capitalize and eat quarterbacks alive like he used to.