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Chargers waive Merriman

By Marc A. Greenberg

The San Diego Chargers have waived outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, three weeks after he was placed on injured reserve with a “minor injury” designation.

The Chargers said back then that they would release Merriman once he was healthy.

The New York Jets have publically proclaimed interest, but it’s doubtful he’ll be available when the 5-2 Jets can claim him. While reports have been varied, other possible destinations include San Francisco, Miami and Washington.

The San Francisco 49ers, whose defensive coordinator, Greg Manusky, used to coach San Diego’s linebackers, may be interested in Merriman, along with the Denver Broncos, who have struggled with their pass rush.

Teams have until 1 p.m. Wednesday to make a claim on 2005 first-round pick. Any team that does must assume the remainder of his $3.268 million salary. If he isn’t claimed, Merriman becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team. If that happens and a team pays him less than the contract tender he signed in August, the Chargers will pay the difference.