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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.