The winless Buffalo Bills have claimed outside linebacker Shawne Merriman off waivers in a midseason bid to improve their porous defense.
The Bills announced the move Wednesday, a day after Merriman was placed on 24-hour waivers by San Diego.
Buffalo (0-7) had the first option on acquiring the one-time feared pass rusher because it has the NFL's worst record. Waived players are awarded to the worst team that submits a claim.
The move was made by first-year general manager Buddy Nix, who is familiar with Merriman. Nix previously worked in the Chargers' front office when they drafted Merriman with the 12th pick in 2005.
It's unclear when Merriman will join the Bills, who play Chicago (4-3) at Toronto on Sunday.