Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/20/12

According to a league source, former Buffalo Bills OLB Shawne Merriman visited the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday.

Merriman, a shell of his dominant San diego Chargers self, has been plagued by injuries during his time in Buffalo, started 5 games last season, and had a mere 5 sacks in 4 seasons. The team released him before the start of the season.

The 49ers were in the market for an OLB after Clark Haggans was suspended three games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. They kicked the tires on Merriman, but int he ned chose to go with linebacker Eric Bakhtiari.

Shawne looks to be on the back nine of his career, as Achilles tendon troubles have all but robbed him of his explosiveness. He underwent surgey to repair some of the damage in the offseason.

He spoke with 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and said he's looking for a team that can utilize him in a 3-4 defense, and that his problems are solely the Achilles tendon and not a myriad of injuries as some have reported.

“Yeah, I think that most people are getting a misperception that I had a bunch of injuries. Really all it was was my Achilles over the last two and a half years. Nobody could really decide if I should get surgery or not. I had the surgery back in December for the first time and it changed everything for me. If I could go back and rewind and do some things, like get the surgery back then, it would be totally different now. But these are the cards I’ve been dealt with and I’ll be ready.”

“Yeah, we’ve spoken to several teams, a few early on right after the release in Buffalo that were a 4-3. We just felt that wasn’t best-suited for me to go back in that defense and play defensive end again. We’re just waiting for the right opportunity to play in the 3-4 scheme that I’ve been playing my whole career.”

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