By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
10:04 AM EDT, September 20, 2012
Former Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Shawne Merriman visited the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
The 49ers wound up signing linebacker Eric Bakhtiari with outside linebacker Clark Haggans suspended three games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Plagued by injuries, Merriman only registered five sacks in the past four seasons.
There were a dozen more words in the press release when he was cut, a total of 13, than Merriman's sack total in two seasons in Buffalo: one.
That included just one sack and nine tackles last season. He was cut by the Bills before the season.
Merriman is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who had only one quarterback hit and three tackles in two preseasons games.
He started five games for Buffalo last season.
Merriman was a star with the San Diego Chargers, but his career has been fading lately.
The last time he had a big season was in 2007 when he recorded 12 1/2 sacks.
He had 17 sacks in 2006.
In 2005, Merriman, a former University of Maryland star, was drafted in the first round by the Chargers and registered 10 sacks.
He was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Merriman had problems with his Achilles tendon and underwent surgery during the offseason to repair the damage. He seems to have lost his trademark explosiveness.
In other NFL news, former Ravens rookie defensive lineman Nicolas Jean-Baptiste was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad.
The Colts also tried out guard Paul Fanaika, offensive tackle Tony Hills and linebacker Shawn Loiseau.
Former Ravens cornerback Chris Carr tried out for the San Diego Chargers.
The Chicago Bears tried out linebackers Omar Gaither, Spencer Adkins, Rennie Curran, Jerry Franklin and Lawrence Wilson, defensive backs Dante Hughes and Bryan McCann
The Cincinnati Bengals tried out linebackers Xavier Adibi, Bryan Kehl, Jabara Williams and defensive linemen Wallace Gilberry, Jay Richardson, Ronald Talley and Jarius Wynn, signing Gilberry as Jamaal Anderson was placed on injured reserve.
The Detroit Lions tried out defensive backs Tyrone Culver, Brandyn Thompson and Jaiquawn Jarrett and running backs Ryan Grant, Steve Slaton and Alfonso Smith.
The Houston Texans tried out guards Mike Gibson and Kevin Hughes, former Ravens centers Bryan Mattison and Cecil Newston, offensive tackles James Lee, Stephen Schilling and William Robinson.
The Miami Dolphins signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, trying him out as well as Remi Ayodele and Daniel Muir.
The New England Patriots tried out defensive linemen Antonio Dixon and Terrell McClain, offensive lineman Tommie Draheim and Nick Mondek, linebacker Nathan Stupar, wide receivers Brian Robiskie and Kashif Moore.
The New Orleans Saints tried out defensive linemen Tim Crowder and James Hall.
The Oakland Raiders tried out defensive backs Darius Butler, Cletis Gordon, Kevin Thomas, Antwaun Molden, defensive end Andre Carter, offensive tackle Patrick Brown.
The Philadelphia Eagles tried out wide receivers Brian Robiskie and DeMarco Sampson.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tried out guard Roger Allen, offensive tackle Jake Anderson, running backs Jacob Hester, DuJuan Harris, guard Montrae Holland, tackles J.B. Shugarts, Brandon Keith and Matt Tennant, running backs Adonis Thomas and Keth Toston.
The Washington Redskins tried out former Ravens cornerback Prince Miller.
The Tennessee Titans tried out tight end DeMarco Cosby, linebacker Joe Holland, defensive end Aaron Lavarias, linebacker Tyler Nielsen and linebacker Alex Silvestro, tight end Brandon Vensen.