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Harbaugh, Ozzie Discuss Merriman

John Harbaugh said the Ravens won’t claim Merriman. But they’ll talk again if he clears waivers.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

On his weekly call-in radio show on Tuesday evening, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said he talked with General Manager Ozzie Newsome about potentially adding former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman.

Merriman, who was on Injured Reserve with a calf injury, officially hit the waiver wire at 4 p.m. after passing a physical.  Teams can place a waiver request for Merriman’s services, where clubs with the worst records have the first shot at the three-time Pro Bowler.

“Of course, [Merriman is] a guy that we’ve talked about,” said Harbaugh.  “Ozzie and I had a long discussion about it today. We’ll just have to see. The first thing is him getting through waivers. We’re not going to claim him. That’s not something we’d be able to do right now, just salary considerations and things like that.

“But if he clears waivers, we’ll have a conversation about it and see where we’re at.”

Whoever does pick up Merriman would have to pay him the prorated amount of his one-year, $3.269 restricted tender.

Merriman, a University of Maryland product, totaled 39 ½ sacks in his first three NFL seasons, but owns just four in his last three. The 26-year-old underwent knee surgery in 2008.

The Ravens rank 24th in the NFL in sacks this season with 12.

With regards to receiver Randy Moss, Harbaugh was simple with his response about the former New England Patriot and Minnesota Viking.

“Would the Ravens be interested?” asked a caller.

“No, we’ve got receivers, we’ve got lots of guys we’re excited about,” Harbaugh answered

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