Report: Bills to Claim Shawne Merriman off Waivers


Nobody may be paying attention to it, but there are actually two — not one — all-pro NFL talents set to move through the waiver wire on Wednesday.

Speculation as to Randy Moss‘ destination continues to run rampant, but with respect to former Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, we have an answer.

According to Jay Glazer, the Buffalo Bills, who at 0-7 have waiver priority, plan to claim the former Defensive Player of the Year. Bills GM Buddy Nix was with San Diego when they selected Merriman in the NFL draft, and given that the team needs help just about everywhere, the move makes good sense.

Buffalo, though, is not likely to be high on the list of desired destinations for Merriman. Having been born in Washington D.C., and attended University of Maryland, many have speculated that he was hoping to end up with either the Redskins or Ravens, and that one of those teams would likely be his destination as a free agent in 2011.

Merriman could refuse to play for Buffalo, but that would likely see him placed on the Reserve/Left Squad list which could bar him from free agency. Therefore, it seems highly likely that Merriman will in fact play, as unappealing as joining 0-7 Buffalo may be.

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