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Ravens playing the waiver-wire waiting game

After wide receiver Randy Moss and outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, two recent Pro Bowl players, were waived on Tuesday, ESPN blogger Bill Williamson said that "Wednesday's waiver wire will be the most anticipated in recent NFL history." The deadline for teams to place claims is 4 p.m.

Unsurprisingly, the Ravens have no interest in Moss, as coach John Harbaugh confirmed Tuesday. And it seems unlikely that they'll put in a waiver claim on Merriman, who will make an estimated $1.7 million for the rest of 2010 if claimed. But the Ravens will have their fingers crossed, hoping that the NFL's 31 other teams will pass on the former Terp in the waiver process and he becomes a free agent.

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"He's a guy we talked about," Harbaugh said Tuesday on his weekly radio show. "Ozzie [Newsome] and I had a long discussion today. We'll see if he gets through waivers."

If Merriman does, the Ravens would likely be one of the frontrunners for his services considering his ties to the area and their standing as title contenders. The Ravens, who are in win-now mode in 2010 (as I've pointed out about 100 times), would become even stronger by adding Merriman.

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Sure, he isn't the player he was pre-injuries and pre-juice. And yes, he has questionable taste in women. But the Ravens need to improve their pass rush to get their pass defense up to snuff -- since they can't add a starting cornerback at this point. Merriman can contribute as a situational pass rusher, and that's all they would really need from him. Expectations should be kept low if the Ravens sign him.

Obviously, a couple of things have to fall into place for that to happen. The first being the waiver process. Stay tuned Wednesday afternoon to see if Merriman clears.

And though Moss isn't coming to Baltimore, it will be interesting to see where he ends up. The Ravens are probably hoping he doesn't get picked up by an AFC team like the Titans or the Chiefs.

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