Shawne Merriman set to join Randy Moss on waiver wire

The 2005 Defensive Rookie of the Year looks set to join a future Hall of Fame wide receiver on Tuesday’s NFL waiver wire.  (Now there’s a sentence I didn’t ever expect to write.)

Jay Glazer of reports Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is taking a physical with the team today.  If he passes before 4 p.m. ET, Merriman will be waived and be available for all 32 teams to claim.  Just like Randy Moss.

Merriman has been idling on the team’s injured reserve list with a “minor-injury designation,” which means the team has to release him once he’s healthy.  He’s been recovering from a calf injury and was only able to play three games this season, making five tackles.

Like Moss, we expect a team to put a claim on Merriman.  San Francisco, who just picked up Thaddeus Gibson from the Steelers off waivers, has previously been mentioned as a possibility.

Any team that picks up Merriman will owe him the remainder of his prorated $3.269 million salary. 

21 responses to “Shawne Merriman set to join Randy Moss on waiver wire

  1. Called out the GM after he questioned the team’s toughness (legitametly) in 09, held out because he wasn’t offered a long term deal (as if, the guy is always on IR) and is either dogging it or too injury prone to make any contribution this year.
    Meanwhile Shaun Phillips, UDFA Antwan Applewhite and waiver wire signee Antwan Barnes have the team in the top of the league in sacks and ypr allowed.
    He could still be an above avg player somewhere else but in SD he is more trouble than he is worth.

  2. I’m not so sure teams will want to pick him up off waivers since they won’t have the ability to try him out first. That’s about a 2 million gamble on a guy that hasn’t shown much since being busted for steroids.
    I’d wait to see if he cleared waivers then offer him a tryout.

  3. i don’t know how much, if anything, Merriman has left in the tank — but w/ Brad Jones being placed on IR last week, the packers could use another experienced 3-4 OLB.
    Again, i don’t know if Merriman is the answer. But they’re starting Frank Zombo, an undrafted free agent rookie, at the right OLB spot right now. Zombo has actually played well and you can tell the fans like him — cut from a similar mold as Aaron Kampman. But, After Clay Matthews and Zombo the depth chart reads:
    Robert Francois – undrafted 2009, bounced between practics squads and preseason rosters with MN, DET, and GB. Recipient of the special teams flag that probably cost the packers the game against Miami.
    Erik Walden: 6th rounder in 2008, bounced between Dalls, KC, and Miami, recently claimed off waivers.
    Diyral Briggs: undrafted 2009, limited experience with SF last year, was on Denver’s practice squad before packers claimed him off waivers last week.

  4. Rousing endorsement for the benefits of steroids. Just make sure you don’t get popped three times before you get the big payoff contract.
    Good luck in Dallas.

  5. Shawne Merriman the overrated blockhead juicer on the same list as Randy the Cancer Moss. Almost as entertaining as Jabustacus Russell next to Donovan McNabb the only QB to smile after choking in the last drive of the SB.

  6. I dont see any reaosn to take a chance on Merriman. He was never the same after getting busted for steroids. Its obvious his body is breaking down now and its probably from all the crap he took

  7. Some team will grab him up there are two many teams with injury and given his track record teams will be willing to take a risk on him, honestly though I hope its the BILLS, there is nothing this guy needs more than cold weather to strengthen that knee of his.

  8. Merriman’s an easy target for Roid jokes, but the guy led the league in sacks the year after he was caught…and sat out a few games. I don’t think that it has anything to do with roids, as much as it has to do with him overcoming an injury from a TN Titans cheap shot. Just sayin’.

  9. I think Rex Ryan would claim this guy… I’m a Jets fan and I feel that a guy with Rex Ryan’s ego and defensive IQ would believe he could turn the clock back on this guy (LaDanian Tomlinson, Antonio Cromartie, Jason Taylor, Braylon Edwards have all looked, even if only marginally, better than they had in recent times before coming to the Jets)…
    Having said all that, I don’t think you can ignore his past transgressions. (dogging it, constantly being hurt, being a completely different player after being busted for roids use, and all that before you get to his legal troubles) Maybe he’ll feel like his back is against the wall and come out swinging, approaching the rest of the league like he does Tila Tequila.

  10. I doubt either of them will be claimed given the price tags and lack of recent production. More likely they clear waivers and sign with some team for a greatly reduced salary……

  11. Roids have destroyed his body. Sure he played well the year after he was caught, but the beating his body took that year didn’t recover because of the roid abuse in his past. He’s done.

  12. Someone else already said it, but I’ll repeat it again.
    While the roids busting may have had an effect, it was a cheap shot by the Titans that destroyed his career. He’s never been the same since.

  13. Gregg, have you learned nothing from history? Don’t ever write someone is “a future Hall of Fame” inductee. Especially when several voters say they would lobby against it.

  14. shawne merriman to randy moss….hey randy,have your people call my people and we can do lunch next week.

  15. @Jagerbolt
    While the roids busting may have had an effect, it was a cheap shot by the Titans that destroyed his career. He’s never been the same since.
    Jager – I know this to be true as well but you won’t get through to the blockheads on this site. As with most sheeple, they live by these two mantras:
    1) Don’t bother me with the facts, my mind is made up.
    2) Do your research by proclamation– investigation is too much trouble, and nobody will notice the difference anyway.

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