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Report: Merriman waived by Chargers

The San Diego Chargers have waived linebacker and former Terp Shawne Merriman, according to ESPN reports.

Merriman, once one of the most feared linebackers in the NFL, was placed on injured reserve after a calf injury earlier this season. The Ravens, Dolphins — the Ravens' opponent this week — and the Cowboys have been linked to Merriman.

Merriman is expected to go unclaimed because teams would have to pay a prorated portion of his $3.2 million salary if they pick up the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker on waivers. If he clears waivers, he would become a free agent and could sign anywhere.

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Merriman would still need to pass a physical and agree to a low-money deal.

He recorded 39.5 sacks in 42 games from 2005-2007, even though he sat out four contests in 2006 for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs (which he initially disputed). But he only has four sacks since and has missed 19 of a possible 37 games since 2008.

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