Merriman says he wants assurance that he won't be traded. It's no secret that there were talks earlier about a trade for Merriman, and with English, Phillips and some good backups there's no reason to believe the Bolts wouldn't love to work out a deal with, say, Cleveland or Buffalo... much to Merriman's detriment. I think the team probably wants to trade a holdout, and I can't blame them. I think if one of the holdouts is traded, the others might be more likely to cave (assuming AJ gives them an opportunity to do so, which is a big huge if).
It's possible that AJ has a short-term deal in mind for McN, but is waiting to see what else he has on the roster (not enough, if yesterday is an indication) before he shows his hand. Or maybe he's just being AJ; you know, the backup RB can have $7M and the TE can be the highest-paid ever, but the starting LT can eat cake and the $92M QB can eat ... turf. Big Mac is also worth more on the team than off; an above-average LT with injury issues is worth a good draft pick, but not enough to justify the loss.
But VJ is a different story. He wants money, lots of it, now, and since he can't get it, well, he'll be there in the playoffs. Wouldn't it make the Merriman situation easier if VJ were traded? I know trade offers were rebuffed, but is that just because the teams didn't offer enough? Would VJ sign if he knew he were going to be traded to some other team and get his huge contract there? What would he fetch? A first and change? Who would want him?