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Dolphins cut Phillip Merling


Phillip Merling, Miami’s second-round pick in the 2008 NFL draft, is done with the Dolphins.

Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland confirmed on today’s PFT Live that Merling was released this morning. The release comes as a surprise, considering that Merling just signed his restricted free agent tender two weeks ago. There were some suggestions that the Dolphins’ brass was unhappy Merling decided not to attend the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, but Ireland said the decision was unrelated to anything that has happened in the last few weeks.

“We’re just going in a different direction,” Ireland said.

Jeff Darlington of, who first reported that Merling would be cut, noted that the Dolphins have had a brutal run of wasted second-round draft picks, with 11 second-round picks in the last 10 drafts. Those 11 players have averaged less than 15 starts a man. Chad Henne, Pat White, Derek Hagan, John Beck and Matt Roth are among the other disappointments. The Dolphins also traded a second-round pick for A.J. Feeley, traded a second-round pick for Daunte Culpepper and traded two second-round picks for Brandon Marshall.

With Merling gone and Kendall Langford having left for St. Louis in free agency, defensive end is a major need for the Dolphins in the draft.

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37 Responses to “Dolphins cut Phillip Merling”
  1. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 23, 2012 12:37 PM

    When the Dolphins informed him that he would be cut, Merling said, “Aww man there goes my chance at a Super Bowl.”

  2. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 23, 2012 12:42 PM

    “We’re just going in a different direction,” Ireland said…..


    Insert your best snarky comment here. Jim Irsay will be giving leftover Manning jerseys from the Colts Gift Shop to the 3 funniest responses.

  3. thumpz99 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:43 PM

    Just another player that doesn’t want to play for Jeff Ireland. Miami is the new bottom of the barrel for players and they want nothing to do with them. It’s showing from the inside now…

  4. dolphan22 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:43 PM

    If you don’t like the phins,this is the best place to come to. Just scroll down every one or two stories I promise afc east fans won’t be dissatisfied

  5. shackdelrio says: Apr 23, 2012 12:46 PM

    Remind me again why people speak so highly of Bill Parcells.

  6. fin72 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:46 PM

    Good riddance to a worthless pile of crap!

  7. vaphinfan says: Apr 23, 2012 12:47 PM

    Derek Hagan was a 3rd round guy.

  8. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 23, 2012 12:49 PM

    As bad as the Dolphins are, I think drafting Tannyhill is a bad idea. There are too many better bets for a team with holes everywhere.

  9. donstr69 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:50 PM

    guess that tells us what the Dolphins will use the first pick for this year……..again

  10. mastermathias19 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:52 PM

    Hagan was a 3rd round pick…

  11. bchapman2011 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:52 PM

    Okay so here is what I dont understand….Miami received tons of critisicm for the timing and the way they released Y Bell. Why in the world would they do this again? To me the release of Merling is even worse. They just finished offering this guy a second round tender and signed only a few weeks ago. Why would Miami sign this guy and then change their minds only a few weeks later? Now this player has very little chance of signing on with a new team. Not a good way of conducting business. If the Miami front office does not think that other free agents notice these types of things they are crazy.

  12. dolphinatic says: Apr 23, 2012 1:03 PM

    Ireland needs a tank of manatees with all the upcoming players names attached to balls suspended in the water… Oh wait a second that’s how he does it already. Probably picked him cause his name sounded like his favorite wizard. F-Ireland.

  13. blacknole08 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:04 PM

    He was injury prone anyways. He will find work somewhere.

  14. ttoptom says: Apr 23, 2012 1:06 PM

    Took me to the last sentence to figure out what position he played. Hey Michael David Smith, could you please work that info into the first paragraph, especially for a defensive lineman with 3 solo tackles and 1 assist on the entire season!

  15. wannstache says: Apr 23, 2012 1:06 PM

    “Going in a different direction” appears mean driving around lost without ever asking someone more knowledgeable for directions. There really appears to be no plan here. Merling himself is not a huge loss, but overall the roster continues to be downgraded. And there is no way the draft alone can make up the losses.

  16. trollhammer20 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:13 PM

    As a Seattle fan hoping Ingram or Coples may be available at 12, this definitely lowers the odds.

  17. spellingcopfather says: Apr 23, 2012 1:16 PM

    Even caught a picture of him crying, as he walks away!!!

  18. 805_9er says: Apr 23, 2012 1:29 PM

    So I guess those offseason workouts aren’t voluntary?

    Sounds like this guy possibly has a grievance here…

  19. JSpicoli says: Apr 23, 2012 1:29 PM

    shackdelrio says:
    Apr 23, 2012 12:46 PM
    Remind me again why people speak so highly of Bill Parcells.


    Because he has less enemies and wrinkles than Al Davis. Parcells gets a pass for life because Berman likes his nickname, and the media has sold itself.

    If this was a Raider high pick getting cut it would be given more scrutiny than a pissed off Arab at TSA.

    All the pundits would be saying “Dysnfunction” and acting like this never happens in the NFL.

    I got your dysfunction.

  20. deljzc says: Apr 23, 2012 1:36 PM

    Phillip Merling was ALWAYS a bad fit in a 3-4 defense. I never understood the idea of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole like that.

    He was undersized (275 lbs) and only benched 17 reps coming into the league, both are WAY below what you want as a 2-gap type player that takes up blockers and let’s your linebackers make plays.

    I hope Merling gets a shot playing strong side in a tradition 4-3 front. That’s his idea position and he has a chance to become a 3-down player with time (he probably needs to LOSE weight to get to his natural 275 now).

    It was a bad pick based on what Miami wanted to do by Parcells/Ireland. Never did figure it out.

  21. kerc1986 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:42 PM

    he never pan out

  22. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Apr 23, 2012 1:43 PM

    The “direction” is toward Fletcher Cox.

  23. jcusa514 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:47 PM

    looks like miami will be drafting a DE with that #8 pick

  24. cantonbound13 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:54 PM

    How does Ireland keep a job with all his high draft pick busts?

  25. rickc402 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:55 PM

    Bring him to DC, to add depth but only if you can do it on the cheap…10 games 4 tackles sucks pretty bad, I’m thinking I could luck up and get thrown into 4 tackles.

  26. phinfan says: Apr 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    just another worthless pick for Ireland. This guy was a wife beater. Good ridance!

    Matt Roth was a good player but had issues off the field too.

  27. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says: Apr 23, 2012 2:09 PM

    At least he was tough off of the field.

  28. beeronthefridge says: Apr 23, 2012 3:55 PM

    Ireland’s brutal run of wasted second-round draft picks, with 11 second-round picks in the last 10 drafts has to be a record.

    Ireland is a bum!

  29. 69finfan says: Apr 23, 2012 4:00 PM


    Did you read the article? Did you? The Dolphins released, I repeat the Dolphins released Phillip Merling. He did not leave them. If you can read I suggest doing that before you comment.

  30. whodeyben says: Apr 23, 2012 4:02 PM

    Get ready for a phone call from Cincinnati, Phil.

  31. doe22us says: Apr 23, 2012 4:19 PM

    I dont know what it is about his last name, but i think along the lines of Harry Porter wizards etc.

  32. jonevans83 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:46 PM

    Matt Roth was a bust? I guess we should pull up links to the many PFT posts regarding him being a very good player. (media narrative?)

    Derek Hagan was a 2nd round pick?

    Ireland been in Miami for 10 drafts? I thought he only controlled last years (and Parcells pulled all the strings from 08-11 as PFT has said on multiple occasions)

    So which one is it?

  33. hdahs143 says: Apr 23, 2012 7:00 PM

    It is comical the number of things that get attributed to Ireland, that he had nothing to do with.

    Kind of like his site being more of an online Enquirer, than an actual sports news site.

  34. jkaflagg says: Apr 23, 2012 8:08 PM

    Will be interesting to see if his ex-DC Mike Nolan is interested in bringing him to ATL, a team that could use an upgrade on the DL….

  35. zackattack006 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:14 PM

    Merling was drafted by Bill Parcells, not Ireland. Same goes for Chad Henne & Pat White. Actually, P White was the product of Sparano bc of his WildCat project. Derek Hagan, Matt Roth, and John Beck were not part of the Parcells era. On the positive side, Ireland found kids like Devone Bess, Clyde Gates, Daniel Thomas, Reggie Bush, Jake Long, Vontae Davis, Jared Odrick, Mike Pouncey, John Jerry, Hartline, etc,etc.

    Btw, Henne and Lankford were cap casualties.

  36. vtmem says: Apr 23, 2012 9:09 PM


    I remember a middle linebacker with that name who everybody said was too short to play the position. His sister married a guy with the initials JT. Wish we had them back again.

    You are so right about bloggers jumping on Ireland. I wonder what their mock draft picks were back when Henne, White, Hagan, Roth, and Beck were picked. Would those naysayers have picked any of the others you listed? Think not.

    Merling also freed cap space that will be needed.

  37. rajbais says: Apr 23, 2012 11:53 PM

    Ok, now dump your two executives (Peterson & Ireland)!!!

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