You know that a franchise is in a good place when players start lobbying to join the team. Shawne Merriman a once-promising pass rusher who announced his retirement in March took to Twitter on Sunday to make a plea for the Falcons to sign him. He promised double-digit sacks or he’ll donate half of his salary (veteran minimum) to charity. Merriman 6-4 272 believes he can combine with Osi Umenyiora to ramp up the Falcons' pass rush. Merriman 29 was a three-time Pro Bowler and played with San Diego (2005-2010) and Buffalo (2010-2012). Merriman has 45.5 sacks over his career including 17 in 2006.