“He thinks that Tom is going to come to the Chargers,” Merriman tells TMZ Sports.

Tom’s a great quarterback, he’s just not a great quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers,” Merriman says … “I think if you’re going to move from a different direction from Phillip, you go in and get somebody that could do a little bit more — a little more athletic.”

“I just brought up one name, I think Cam Newton is a — could be a really good choice. Even for the short term. And, you can still go draft.”