Former San Diego Charger, Shawne Merriman, and former Vikings receiver, Randy Moss, have officially been added to Tuesday's waiver wire. Many teams have been tied to both of these players, and it would seem that any team looking to get over the hump and make a playoff run should look at either player.
The San Francisco 49ers are a team who have been an overall disappoint thus far in 2010. Posting a 2-6 record halfway through the regular season, the playoffs seem like a long shot. Possible, for sure, but definitely a long-shot.
Both owner Jed York and head "coach" Mike Singletary have been praising a regular season run leading to the playoffs. This has been laughed at among almost all fans of the league.
However, the 49ers went 5-1 in the division last year, and if they can post this same record they would be right in the playoff picture at 7-6. After a Week 1 loss to Seattle, San Francisco would have to win five straight divisional games.
If York and Singletary are as serious as they say about their faith in the team to make a run, why wouldn't they look at Merriman or Moss?
The pass rush has been average, accumulating 17.0 sacks, but defensive coordinator Greg Manusky spent time with Merriman as the linebackers coach in San Diego. If Manusky can re-create the dominating pass-rushing ability Merriman once possessed, the defense would become dominate.
Also, Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis spent time with Merriman during their collegiate days at Maryland. The two have said that they "got the best out of each other through intense battles at practice."
The offense has had its struggles all season. Whether its been the play of Alex Smith or the play-calling of Jimmy Raye/Mike Johnson, there is just something missing.
The team brought in Ted Ginn from Miami to be a kick returner, but also hoped they may get a few deep passes to him because of his speed and elusiveness. This has not been the case thus far, so Moss could bring the downfield threat this Niners team is missing.
Some might say that Singletary may not want this guy on his team because of his character issues, but if Mike wants to keep "his" team, he should look at Moss.
The trio of Moss, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree would be huge for this team. You would have to imagine that one of these players is going to be open, and even if they're not, Frank Gore would still be available for a screen pass.
The bottom line for the 49ers is that if they truly believe they are going to make the playoffs, and win the division then they should look at both of these players on the waiver wire.
Its hard to imagine that with the fourth-highest claim they would not land either.