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NFL Notes: Shawne Merriman visited 49ers

NFL Notes: Shawne Merriman visited 49ers

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...