- Phillip Merling
- The Packers
Winners and losers:
By The Sports Xchange May 23, 2012 12:11 PM
The Packers signed defensive end Phillip Merling to a one-year deal. The 2008 second-round pick was unproductive in Miami, making just three starts in 46 games. He was the 32nd overall pick, and has experience in the 3-4 defense the Packers operate. Merling's practice habits were openly questioned by Dolphins coaches. He suffered a torn Achilles in 2010 and was charged with domestic violence in a case involving his pregnant girlfriend which was dropped after the alleged victim moved out of the state. Green Bay's defensive line was a focus in the 2012 draft and Merling isn't guaranteed a roster spot. To create room on the roster, the Packers released tight end Cameron Ford and quarterback Nick Hill.