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.

37 responses to “Dolphins cut Phillip Merling

  1. “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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. “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.

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

  10. So I guess those offseason workouts aren’t voluntary?

    Sounds like this guy possibly has a grievance here…

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Thumpz99

    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.

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

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

  19. 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….

  20. 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.

  21. Zack,

    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.

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