There has been speculation that the Ravens might be a good landing spot for Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman once he is declared healthy and put on waivers, which is expected to happen today.
Merriman is from the Maryland area and wants to play for the Ravens, and after getting minimal pass rush out of his front-seven the last few weeks, Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome could be interested in bringing in the three-time Pro Bowler.
Despite the possible mutual interest, the Ravens won't claim Merriman when he hits waivers, according to a tweet from NFL.com's Jason La Canfora.
But that doesn't necessarily mean that Merriman won't end up in Baltimore.
If the Ravens claimed the University of Maryland product, they would be responsible for a prorated portion of his $3.269 million salary. If Merriman clears waivers, however, he can sign with any team that he chooses, and if the Ravens are that team, they would likely be able to sign Merriman to a low-money deal.
We'll see how things play out over the next 24 hours. If a team puts in a claim on Merriman, he will have to play out his current deal with that team.
If he goes unclaimed, the Ravens could be an option. That is, of course, only if Newsome feels like pulling the trigger and adding the talented, yet troubled and injury-prone linebacker.