Fins could be planning to stiff Phillip Merling

Earlier this year, Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling allegedly punched his pregnant girlfriend. Now, the team could be hitting Merling right in the man purse.

In the wake of the news that Merling suffered a season-ending Achilles’ tendon tear while working out on his own, the Dolphins reportedly are considering the possibility of placing Merling on the reserve/non-football injury list.  (We reported on the possible tactic last Friday.)  In turn, they would not be required to pay Merling a single penny of his $600,000 base salary.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are negotiating with Merling’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, the possibility of a compromise that would result in Merling taking a reduced payment.  Young, unproven players routinely are compelled to include “split salary” provisions in their contracts, which cuts their pay in half if they land on injured reserve due to an injury suffered during training camp or the preseason.  It would seem fair, arguably, for Merling to get half of his pay.

The fact that Sexton also represents Dolphins V.P. of football operations Bill Parcells and coach Tony Sparano likely will make it easier to work something out.

Either way, look for a decision to come soon.  The Dolphins open training camp on Friday, and they’ll need to account for Merling’s roster spot.  Unless and until they put him on IR or NFI, they’ll have to count him toward the 80-man limit.

We’re still troubled by the ability of a team to stiff a player who suffers a serious injury while working out on his own.  The problem remains, however, that a rule requiring teams to pay players who are hurt while engaged in training activities away from the team would give the players an easy way to explain away any non-football injury as something that happened while exercising.

14 responses to “Fins could be planning to stiff Phillip Merling

  1. I also am troubled by the rules allowing a team to stiff a player. We all make mistakes but this guy went so far over the line by beating up on his pregnant girlfriend. A settlement sounds good so there is something left for child support.

  2. Real Nice…. If you’re a Woman beating great player then we LOVE you….
    If you’re a woman beating injured player then we stiff you…..
    Either love the Woman beaters, Drug Users and players involved in murders or don’t….
    Take Note, the rest of you Dolphin Criminals – You’re an injury away from being disowned.

  3. I don’t mind that a team can stiff a player for working out on his own. If the player is working out unsupervised, how can the team be assured that the injury is legitimate or that the player wasn’t doing something that he shouldn’t have been doing while “working out?”

  4. I’m surprised the owners allow coaches and front office to use the same representation as players.

  5. @jestraper — don’t worry, we’ll forward your comment to Santonio (puff puff pass) Holmes and Braylon (beat up on Erckle) Edwards.

  6. “I’m surprised the owners allow coaches and front office to use the same representation as players.”
    Why would you think the owners wouldn’t want that? That is an advantage to the owners. It’s on the player to ask a few questions.

  7. @ jetraper- we all smell your fear of the Dolphins. Fear and envy… no one blames you.
    Now go troll elsewhere fool

  8. I can’t help but think the reason the Dolphins are doing this is because the dude is a turd who hit his pregnant girlfriend. Had he not done that, he’d most likely just be IR’d.
    Maybe Parcells is having Sexton take the hit as a “thugs & hoodlums” tax. 😀

  9. Florio is ridiculous. You bash the fins all off-season for putting up with the “thugs” & “hoodlums”. Well, Miami is doing something about a guy you consider a “thug” and not wanting to pay him.
    Now Florio sides with the “thug” b/c the Fins don’t want to pay him?
    You’re talking out of both sides of your mouth just like you claim the Dolphins brass are doing.
    You are just as much a hypocrite as anyone else Florio.

  10. KCPhins4Life says:
    July 30, 2010 1:18 PM
    You’re talking out of both sides of your mouth just like you claim the Dolphins brass are doing.
    He did used to be a lawyer. Nuff said.

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