49ers not expected to claim Randy Moss or Shawne Merriman

It appears that we can rule out the San Francisco 49ers as a destination for either of the two high-profile players on today’s waiver wire.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the 49ers are not expected to put in a claim for wide receiver Randy Moss or linebacker Shawne Merriman, both of whom will be available today. The 2-6 49ers come in fourth in the NFL’s waiver priority order, so if they wanted either player they’d have a good chance of getting him. But they apparently don’t.

Moss’s high salary and poor work ethic likely makes him unattractive to the 49ers and coach Mike Singletary, so it’s no surprise that they’ve ruled him out.

Some league observers have suggested that Merriman would be a good fit in the 49ers’ defense, but after claiming outside linebacker Thaddeus Gibson off waivers on Monday, they apparently view themselves as set at the position.