http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm MERRIMAN PICTURE CREATING A BUZZ We had a feeling when we posted the before/after shots of Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman earlier today that we'd get some reaction. Thus far, the reaction has been overwhelming. Several readers initially insisted that Merriman is wearing his shoulder pads in the photo on the top, from May 2005. He isn't. Said one of the readers in response to our representation that Merriman isn't wearing pads: "Holy crap!" A league source offered up the identical reaction, and one prominent member of the media called the photo comparison "maybe the most jaw-dropping thing I've seen on your site." And as MDS pointed out in a FanHouse posting on Monday, the "after" version of Merriman was blowed up by pint-sized Maurice Jones-Drew on Sunday in Jacksonville. The "before" version of Merriman had an encounter with Chiefs running back Priest Holmes in 2005, and Holmes just returned to the field a couple of weeks ago. Again, we're not saying that Merriman intentionally or knowingly took steroids or any other banned substance. But the photos are what they are. UPDATE: We've since found the 2006 preseason headshot, and we've pasted the three of them together.