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AJ Smith gives a big middle finger to McNeil, Merriman

Look, I believe this is the first time I've ever "Shot" news unrelated to the Broncos. But to me, this is important and definitely worth a read. Instead of the usual he said/she said, relating to San Diego's holdouts... This is from the horse's mouth. Chargers General Manager, A.J. Smith recently came out to openly clear the air regarding San Diego's highly publicized holdouts. The gist of which is that Smith isn't going to budge... AT ALL. Regarding Merriman's recent request for guarantee that he won't be shopped every three weeks, the Chargers G.M. went on record by saying, "It was very disappointing to hear Shawn’s demands and desires regarding the Chargers." He went on to say, "(The Chargers) will not be building a defense around Shawne (Merriman)", and, "We will not guarantee him that he won’t be traded". Take that Merriman! As for McNeil, the "good guy" of the three Rock Star holdouts, Smith said, "the Chargers (want) him there but that the offer to McNeill would remain at $630,000". (I am so smiling right now, btw.) The underlying implication seemed to be that McNeil wants to come in and play, perhaps even for the original tender amount of $3.2M. A.J.'s answer... not just no, but NO M.F. WAY!! No negotiations. Man I love this guy Smith!! If this is how he treats these two, what do you think he has to say to problem child Vincent Jackson? Um yeah, that's what I was thinking, too. A.J. made it very clearly that he will not negotiate with these players or their agents - not even to go back to the $3M tenders they were originally offered. Think the players will cave and play for the absolute chump change they're being offered now? Hahahahaha Yeah, me neither. It's a good day to be a Bronco fan and to have all of our guys in camp and in good spirits! I wonder how many are smiling in the SD locker room? I'm absolutely positive that the larger count would be newly kicked wall-holes. ~Alex.

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