Various news agencies are reporting that San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman is scheduled to take his exit physical today.
Should he pass that physical, he will be released by the team. That move has been widely anticipated; however, with the Minnesota Vikings announcing yesterday that they will release veteran wide receiver Randy Moss, Wednesday's waiver could contain two Pro Bowl-caliber players.
The San Francisco 49ers, at 2-6, will have a high priority in claiming either player. Should Merriman and/or Moss clear waivers, they would become free agents and have the ability to sign with any team.
San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary has been reluctant so far this season to make many changes. However, with the performance Troy Smith put on in London on Sunday, perhaps Singletary is realizing that sometimes you have to make changes to improve your chances of winning.
Adding a player of Randy Moss' caliber would instantly give the 49ers passing attack credibility.
Of course, Moss comes with a lot of baggage and can create havoc with a team's chemistry, but when you're 2-6, well, "desperate times" and all that.
Shawne Merriman might help bolster the team's pass rush. He is not the player he once was, but as a situational pass rusher, Merriman could provide a spark to this team's defense.
Defensive coordinator Mike Manusky was Merriman's position coach at San Diego for two years before arriving in San Francisco. He is a big fan of Merriman and loves the attitude Merriman brings to a defense.
The 49ers have a bye next week, so if either player were claimed, they would have an extra week to get up to speed on the team's playbook.
It remains to be seen if the 49ers will pull the trigger on either Moss or Merriman, but it should be a short wait.
Update: The team did make a couple of moves today. They placed center Eric Heitmann on injured reserve and claimed linebacker Thaddeus Gibson off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Gibson was the Steelers fourth round selection (116th overall) in this year's NFL Draft. He had not been activated for any of the Steelers six games this year.