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Packers sign Phillip Merling

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The Packers made some roster moves on Wednesday and came away with a former second-round pick.

They announced that defensive end Phillip Merling has signed a contract with the team. Merling was the 32nd pick of the 2008 Draft and a fairly large disappointment for the Dolphins. He played 47 games for the Dolphins over four years, starting five times, but never established himself as a solution at the end of the defensive line. He was released by Miami in April, shortly after signing his restricted free agent tender.

Green Bay should offer Merling as good a shot as any place to revive his career. There’s going to be a lot of competition for playing time on the defensive line after the defense underwhelmed last season so Merling will have a chance to get back on the field.

The Packers also released tight end Cameron Ford and quarterback Nick Hill. Hill, an Arena League standout, was thought to be a contender for the third quarterback job but it seems the Packers will go with rookie B.J. Coleman for the time being.

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16 Responses to “Packers sign Phillip Merling”
  1. textexington says: May 23, 2012 1:15 PM

    Just another piece added to the BEST sports franchise in the WORLD. Superbowl XLVII Champs!!!Go Pack Go!

  2. cmstrick says: May 23, 2012 1:37 PM

    Was he an undersized end in Miami, or an oversized OLB? Methinks he’d be better at OLB, especially at pass downs.

  3. realdealsteel says: May 23, 2012 2:10 PM

    Packers are building depth. Very smart.

  4. lolb23 says: May 23, 2012 2:23 PM

    Didn’t the “genius” Bill Parcells draft this schlub?

  5. lolb23 says: May 23, 2012 2:26 PM

    Packers are building depth. Very smart.
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    Seriously brilliant comment. Before you posted this, I had no idea that building depth meant adding more players to the rosters. Mind, blown.

  6. voicefreason says: May 23, 2012 2:33 PM

    Chumps for chumps program.

  7. voicefreason says: May 23, 2012 2:39 PM

    An embarrassing act of desperation from the 31st ranked defense in the NFL. Sans Rodgers carrying this team on her back this team is in for another discount double choke.

  8. axespray says: May 23, 2012 2:57 PM

    considering the defense was ranked 2nd in pts back in 2010 and went to 32nd in yards in 2011, all cause of Cullen Jenkins…meanwhile the texans went from 32nd in 2010 to top ten in 2011…

    idk, just saying, getting Nick Perry & Jerol Worthy… guys that can compliment Raji & Matthews along with a secondary that’s led the league in takeaways since 2009… I think we’ll be able to turn it around and get in the top ten in defense.

  9. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 23, 2012 2:57 PM

    Merling should fit right in with Green Bay’s other failed high draft picks.

  10. jimmysee says: May 23, 2012 3:06 PM

    There’s no guarantee he makes the team.

    For now he’s one of 90 fighting for 53 roster spots.

    I’d say his chances are not so good.

  11. oggreengold says: May 23, 2012 3:10 PM

    dudes packers on the way to 14 world championships.

  12. stavreafavre says: May 23, 2012 3:34 PM

    Packers don’t need a top five defense; they just need a D that can make third down stops once in awhile. If they can get that, their high octane offense will take care of the rest.

  13. countyk66ers says: May 23, 2012 4:44 PM

    The Pack keeps two QB’s on the roster and the third one ends up on the practice squad.

  14. stevenfbrackett says: May 23, 2012 10:18 PM

    But have they dumped Hargrove yet??

  15. muskyhunter2542 says: May 24, 2012 10:13 AM

    stevenfbrackett says:
    May 23, 2012 10:18 PM
    But have they dumped Hargrove yet??

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    No need. He doesnt count against the cap/roster spot till the suspenson is up.

  16. vikescry1 says: May 26, 2012 8:31 AM

    i love all the hate on the pack. that’s good, it means your concerned or scared. lol you should be.

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