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Packers sign 2008 second-rounder Merling

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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.
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