Posted on: July 23, 2010 5:24 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 6:09 pm
The status of Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling has been cloudy due to his legal issues (he’s accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend). Well, a torn Achilles has made Merling’s immediate status much clearer. The third-year pro is out for the season.
Merling tore the Achilles while working out. However, he was not working out at Dolphin facilities. Thus, the Dolphins can put him on the non-football injury list and withhold $600,000 of his 2010 salary. (You can bet the Player’s Union will take a close look at the situation in this case.)
Replacing Merling won’t be overly difficult. Third-year pro Kendall Langford is an agile run defender (for a 3-4 end), and there are high hopes for first-round rookie end Jared Odrick.
UPDATE: The New York Daily News reports that the Dolphins have signed defensive end Marques Douglas to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Douglas has played in a 3-4 scheme as a member of the Ravens, 49ers and Jets. He will likely come off the bench behind Langford.
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Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:14 pm
Yesterday was a bad day for Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling. The Palm Beach Post Reports:
The state attorney’s office in Broward County officially filed felony charges against Merling on Friday for aggravated battery on a victim he should have known was pregnant. No court date has been set (it will likely be set within a week), but prosecutor Sarahnell Murphy found enough evidence that Merling, 25, battered his pregnant girlfriend to move forward with the case.
Merling’s attorney already entered a plea of not guilty and requested a trial by jury, the state attorney’s office confirmed.
Merling was a second-round pick in 2008 but has not consistently fulfilled expectations. He was expected to start this season, though his legal issues could throw a wrench into those plans. The Dolphins drafted another end in the first-round, Jared Odrick, plus Merling’s fellow third-year end, Kendall Langford, is a very solid run-defender with starting experience. In other words, Miami can certainly use Merling, but they don’t direly need him.
-- Andy Benoit
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Posted on: June 23, 2010 3:56 pm
It was a surprise that the Dolphins spent a first-round pick on defensive end Jared Odrick. Miami already had three quality ends to plug into their three-man front: good run-defending third-year pros Phillip Merling and Kendall Langford and quasi-Pro Bowler Randy Starks. Plus, Odrick played a one-gap scheme at Penn State; in Miami, he’ll play a five technique, which calls for him to be a stout edge anchor rather than a penetrator.
“Until Jason Ferguson returns in Week 9, there's likely room for two more backup linemen among tackles Paul Soliai (a front-runner, but coaches want more consistency), Ryan Baker (making a strong push) and Travis Ivey (one player said he had a hard time), and ends Lionel Dotson and Ikaika Alama-Francis.”