SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19: Linebacker Shawne Merriman #56 of the San Diego Chargers comes off the line of scrimmage against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19 2010 in San Diego California. The Chargers won 38-13. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Bills Claim LB Shawne Merriman Off Waiver Wire

Chargers LB Shawne Merriman was released on Tuesday and the Bills reportedly claimed him off the waiver wire.

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Bills Claim LB Shawne Merriman Off Waivers

The Buffalo Bills have claimed linebacker Shawne Merriman off of waivers. Merriman was previously with the San Diego Chargers. Bills General Manager Buddy Nix is optimistic about the pickup:

"As we have said many times before, we are constantly evaluating our roster and will do things that we feel can improve our team," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "We think Shawne can help our defense and so we have claimed him off waivers. He has been an impact player in a 3-4 defense and we feel this is a good opportunity to make our team better."

The Bills can not really get much worse as they are sitting at 0-7 on the season. Merriman was placed on the Chargers injured reserve with a calf muscle injury and listed as a "minor-injury designation," and once Merriman was able to pass the physical the Chargers waived him. Now that Merriman has passed the physical he should be able to suit up right away for Buffalo. 

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Dolphins And Buccaneers Also Put In Claim On Shawne Merriman

Though his production has slipped much more dramatically than Randy Moss, former All-Pro Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman drew more interest on the waiver wire than Moss.

In all, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, three teams placed waiver claims on Merriman: the Bills, Dolphins and Buccaneers. Obviously, with the winless Bills having the top waiver spot, anyone who they claimed they would get, but it's interesting that Merriman drew more interest than Moss. Only one team, the Tennessee Titans, placed a claim on Moss and they were 22nd in the waiver order, meaning 21 other teams passed on the opportunity to get the Pro Bowl receiver.

Merriman appeared in three games this season with San Diego and started only one, posting six tackles and no sacks. He posted only 36 tackles and four sacks in 14 starts in 2009. Both figures were by far career lows for Merriman for a full season.

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Shawne Merriman Reportedly Claimed By Bills Off Waiver Wire; Plans To Report

Shawne Merriman appears headed to Buffalo. Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reported via league sources that the Bills planned to claim LB Shawne Merriman off the waiver wire. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that they did.

Merriman now has five days to report to the Bills. If he doesn't report, the Bills can send the "five-day letter" made famous last year when Richard Seymour didn't immediately report to the Raiders after being traded.

Schefter reports that Merriman plans to report "for now." There's no reason for him not to report at this point. He's on a one-year contract and the biggest question mark is his health. So he likely wants to stay healthy and play the rest of the season in order to be in line for a free agent contract in 2011.

The Bills are now on the hook for the remainder of his $3.69 million salary for the 2010 season. The Bills host the Bears on Sunday and Merriman is not expected to play in that game.

As SB Nation's Buffalo Rumblings points out, there are plenty of questions still to be answered.

It's unclear precisely how the Bills plan to use him; will he take Moats' reps, will he play more end in four-man looks, or will the Bills now transition back to the 3-4? Either way, things just got a touch more interesting over at One Bills Drive.

Check out Buffalo Rumblings to see what Bills fans are saying about the move.

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Bills 'Strongly Leaning' Toward Claiming Shawne Merriman Off Waiver Wire

Shawne Merriman to...the Bills? Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com says that may be happening.

Shocker: hearing Bills strongly leaning toward claiming Merriman. Only way it doesn't happen is if they change their minds last minute.

The Chargers waived Merriman on Tuesday which in turn placed him on the waiver wire. The deadline to claim him by any of the other 31 NFL teams is Wednesday at 4;00 p.m.  If he is not claimed, he would become an unrestricted free agent and eligible to sign with anyone.

The Bills are at the top of the waiver wire so if they want Merriman, he's theirs. Merriman is due just under $3.3 million this year so if the Bills did claim him they'd be responsible for the remainder of his contract.

As Brian Galliford over at Buffalo Rumblings writes, "Something must be brewing here."  Nothing will become official until 4:00 p.m. but Glazer says he has two sources tell him the Bills will do it.

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Shawne Merriman Released By Chargers; Heads To Waiver Wire

It was expected but the San Diego Chargers made it official on Tuesday: LB Shawne Merriman was released. Merriman's San Diego career ended on Oct. 13 when he was placed on IR with a "minor injury designation" meaning he would be released when healthy.

On Tuesday he passed his physical and has been placed on the waiver wire.

The guessing game now begins on where he might land. The Dolphins are a team that's reportedly interested. It'll be a busy day for NFL teams with both Merriman and Moss on the waiver wire.

Though Merriman is a big name, he hasn't been productive in the last three seasons. He's played just 18 games since his 2007 13-sack season.

Check out Bolts from the Blue to see what Chargers fans are saying about the move.

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Shawne Merriman May Be Joining Randy Moss On NFL Waiver Wire

WR Randy Moss is expected to hit the waiver wire and he may not be the only one. Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reports that Chargers LB Shawne Merriman will be placed on waivers if he passes a physical this afternoon. Merriman had been placed on injured reserve earlier this season with a "minor injury designation" essentially meaning they'd release him once he's healthy.

Merriman and Moss would both hit the waiver wire meaning both could be claimed by a team. Or both players could also go unclaimed and become free agents. He's currently signed to a one year, $3.269 million contract. If there's any team that wanted him on a tryout basis then this is it.

SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue takes a look at a few of the candidates for Merriman's next stop.

It is unlikely he'll land with the Bills (even though they sport the worst defense in the league), but it's possible he'll end up in the NFC West, playing for the 49ers or Cardinals, or his home-town Redskins may lay a claim on him.  If he does make it all the way down to the bottom of the waiver wire, it is possible, however unlikely, the Jets or Patriots will make a claim on him.

Check out the full story at Bolts from the Blue.

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Chargers LB Shawne Merriman Headed To Injured Reserve

Here's a surprise: Chargers LB Shawne Merriman has been placed on injured reserve for what is believed to be a calf injury.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune reports it's a "minor injury designation" which means the Chargers will release him when he's healthy. His time in San Diego is over. It's hard to see him ever returning to San Diego.

Merriman entered the season dealing with an Achilles' injury but was able to finally get on the field. He left the Chargers Week 3 game with a calf injury, and missed Week 4, but most recently was able to play in Week 5.

As recently as the first week of October reports suggested he was on the trade block and was "not on solid footing" with the Chargers. He was a candidate to be traded, if he were healthy, before the Oct. 19 NFL trade deadline.

At this point, it's hard to envision a scenario of Merriman ever lining up as a Charger again. He's played in just 18 games since the end of 2007 and has just four sacks in that time frame.

Check out Bolts From The Blue for more on Shawne Merriman.

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