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Dolphins to release Phillip Merling

The Dolphins are expected to release defensive end Phillip Merling before the draft and perhaps as early as today, a source is telling me this morning.

The story was first reported by Jeff Darlington of NFL.com.

No exact reason for the release was given to me. The move does clear $1.26 million in cap space for Miami. It also sets up the team to possibly take a defensive end in the coming draft. I reported over the weekend that Mississippi State defensive lineman Fletcher Cox is on Miami's radar and could be the Dolphins first-round pick.

Merling can now go down in Dolphins history as a bust. He was a second-round pick in 2008 but because he was the No. 32 overall selection that year, he could have easily been considered as a first rounder.

Regardless of his status, Merling has been a disappointment. He missed most of 2010 after tearing his Achilles' while jogging on his own. He was always in the cross-hairs of coaches who complained he did not practice hard enough often enough. He has been missing the current offseason workouts.

And he didn't exactly produce on game days, either. Fact is Merling's rookie year was probably his most promising. collecting 26 tackles, an interception, a sack and a fumble recovery.

Last season Merling had a total of four tackles which was only one more tackle than the year before when he played only five games and collected three tackles.

Seven tackles in two seasons will get you cut every time.

 

 

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First Mo Fo's

I wonder if he got into some sort of altercation again? or was it he was fat and out of shape? I thought we just re-signed him WTF is Ireland doing?

More Acorns, Drafting more DE's, Drafting NO QB's.

That's the Dolphin way.

Aloco.....

your funny man....

and thats all i'm gonna admit too....

Posted by: Kris | April 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Phins need to go with defense on first two picks.

From the last blog:

I have to admit, I agree with people's thoughts on LBer Kuechly but I have NO idea why people are getting excited about this guy as our pick. I think he's going to be a really good pro but is this REALLY our biggest need? How does this get pressure on the QB, protect the QB or get us into the endzone? Like I said, I have nothing against the pick, just makes NO sense for us. It's like Richardson. I think he's going to be a really good played but makes no sense for us. To me it would be like picking a guy like Khalil. Good player....just not for us.

Yeah never was much of a Merling fan but I'm not really sure I get this move. Why do it now? Kind of tells other teams were going to be focussing on DL. As I said, not a fan of this guy but I would have kept him around for depth purposes. Something tells me Ross is working on getting all guys with spotty pasts off this team and that's not necessarily a good thing. Marshall gone. Merling gone. Misi you might just be next up. Does Ross think having the team with a squeaky clean image will sell more tickets? Hmmm.....

Ohio, Why cant you be more original with your blog posts? First you steal Armando bloggers, insult bloggers, then still his posts. Shame on you.

Armando, Ohio been stealing your posts and bloggers just click his name.

One other thought this morning. I REALLY like Malcolm Floyd for our pick, but you really have to ask yourself if this makes any sense. We had Marshall for two years and it didn't make one bit of difference to our record. It's not like he had terrible seasons either. So how many more games would we win next year with Floyd in the lineup instead of Marshall. I don't see it. I've said it before, WR's are for the fans. We get excited about the idea of having a star at WR. Only problem is is guarantees NOTHING. Ocho was great for years in Cinci. What did that get them? 4-12 every year. Tim Brown? Same thing. Braylon Edwards was supposed to make all the difference in the world for Celeveland at 3. Did nothing for their record. Careful what you are saying and wishing for. Great player and fun to watch but WRs DO NOT win games. Sorry...FACT. You get guys like Stevie Johnson and Victor Cruz out of nowhere and they are fun to watch. That's it.

Looks like a smokescreen to me. Show other teams that DL is a potential target, induce them to potentially trade up to #8 to land their target. That might be smart: Dolphins might still manage to land Tannehill in the middle of the first, while picking up extra picks in the 2nd to shore up pass rush, WR corps, maybe even d-line.

So Craig I guess Jerry Rice Cris Carter Randy Moss and Paul Warfield didn't help teams win games. Let's draft 3 centers for depth.

Ohio....

Everything is good...i'm not mad @ all......not in the least....for some reason people DC Dolfan decided that he needs to factor my personal beliefs into every football post I make.....

I could care less what his personal beliefs are...even tho he has posted them many times on this site....i debate him on football topics.....I could careless about his personal beliefs...nor will you see me EVER bring them up in this forum.....I respect his right to believe what he feels is right for him....its called tolerance....

he has no true rebuttal...so he attacks my core beliefs...and ridicules them........

ah....what are you gonna do....

I guess AJ Green didn't help Cincy at all last year. Megatron, what a waste.

CRIG M.....HOW COME WE STILL IN THE CELLAR ALL TESE YEARS AFTER WE FOLLOWED YOUR ADVICE FOR THE LAST FEW DRAFTS AND AFTER CHEERING FOR ALL OF THEM ?

Merling's best hit was the one he laid on his girlfriend

Another player being released with nothing in return.

Sy,

In Jerry Rice you're talking about the best WR ever to play the game. However, he wouldn't have the numbers he had, had he not played with Joe Montana and Steve Young and had Bill Wash as the mastermind of the offence. That takes nothing away from Rice as the player but let's not kid ourselves and say he was the reason they won. They were pretty great teams. Cris Carter? Must have missed it. What did they win? Again was Warfield the REASON the team won or were they pretty good teams. There's a million receivers I could rattle off who didn't make a bit of difference in their teams won/loss record if we want to play that game.

"Dolphins released DE Phillip Merling.

Merling has been a near total bust since being the No. 32 overall pick of the 2008 draft, but the move is still somewhat surprising after the Dolphins re-signed him to a one-year, $1.26 million deal last month. His salary was not guaranteed, however. Limited to five games and three tackles by an Achilles injury in 2010, Merling was active just 10 times in 2011. He hasn't notched a sack since 2009. He'll be facing an uphill battle to crack somebody's Week 1 roster."

Why the f#ck was he re-signed last month then???

BTW--He was set to make twice what Wake is supposed to make. LOL!!!

One other point Sy, I REALLY like Malcolm Floyd. I think he has a chance to be a better pro than Blackmon. But unless we get the QB position fixed it's going to mean SQUAT....we've had good receivers here before and when the team is struggling to get it in the end zone, a Pro Bowl team of WRs wouldn't matter.

We better not draft a Defensive player with our top 2 picks. Fact is our offense is even worse now than it was 2 years ago when we were barely scoring 13-14 a game. We need some firepower

KRIS/OHIO/CRAIG/SY.........

EVERY ONE SHOULD WRITE 2 NAMES TO BE OUR GOAL FOR DRAFTING ,THEN WE WILL SEE IF YOU R A GOOD FOOTBALL MIND OR A CELLAR FOOTBALL MIND.....

I smell yet another release where we get nothing for the player (a la Matt Roth and others). Wow, hold him out as part of a trade down package (can picks be traded for players and picks again or is that not kosher under the new CBA?)

FYI - Ohio's blog doesn't have the idiots crusting it up so I'd rather comment there than here for the most part. I still read Armando's blog but rarely contribute anymore - and i used to do that daily. Haven't in the last year and a half because it got so bad here. Nobody moderates here. Ohio moderates. Fact is, Ohio has been supportive of Armando's blog on his. If Armando thought it was a problem, he would have banned Ohio long ago. He knows Ohio's blog doesn't really affect his readership, just the comments. And who really cares about the comments when you have to read twenty idiotic entries just to get to one that talks about football.


I really hope the Dolphins are, indeed, trying to fol people into thinking thaat they need to trade up to get their man. This Tannehill talk - especially the Ross thing (King is now saying it's true) - had better be a ruse. What a total waste of a #8 he'd be.

yet another Parcells/Ireland bust

hey "FYI",

I know you missed me. anyway, check out the times both Armando and I posted articles last night.

I didn't copy his buddy. Nice try though. What is your real name on here when you're not attacking me? just curious

Joe Philbin isn't taking on any losers from the previous regime such as Merling and Brandon Marshall.

My guess is Kevin Burnett will be the next to go.

URRAY!!!!! great job Jeff Idiotland!!!! kill yourselve you MORON!!!!!

BELL WILL SIGN WITH JETS..............

Craig,

You can make that case for EVERY position except QB which is unfair b/c every single QB needs help. They need protection, they need weapons, they need a defense that doesn't completely collapse, they need ST's help, etc.

The Vikings have one of the best pass rushers in the NFL--Jared Allen--& they still suck. The Vikings also have Adrian Peterson & before he got hurt they sucked. The Browns have Joe Thomas @ LT & Joe Haden @ CB & those players haven't translated to wins???

So what is your point??? That we don't need an elite WR to win games. Okay. Then what do we need???? A QB that is inexperienced, overrated, & raw??? That's going to make us a winning team???? It's very hard to envision that & I believe that if Moore can click with Phibin & Sherman he'll be good enough.

Ohio, My real name is STFU. Now when you stop stealing bloggers and posts I'll answer you until then eat a diik.

"Joe Philbin isn't taking on any losers from the previous regime such as Merling and Brandon Marshall.

My guess is Kevin Burnett will be the next to go."

Finheavenblows,

Burnett is a good player. He started off last season very slowly but I really liked how he complimented Dansby as the season went on. Burnett is a great athlete & almost looks like a Safety out there the way he covers players in the passing game. If we take Kuechly (which we should but won't) then he should be traded & at least we'll get some compensation for him.

2 Things:

1. We just tendered this guy in the offseason & signed him a week or so ago & now he's getting cut? LMAO

Jeff Ireland is friggin clueless! No idea how to assemble a roster or have a plan he can stick to.

2. How many times does Craig M need to tell us how he feels about Floyd? Every friggin blog, multiple posts? 2 in this one alone.

Wha a broken record. COME UP WITH SOMETHING NEW! Sheesh!

So Kris, can I once again mark you down as NOT wanting to give out the sources for the information you rely on?

But unless we get the QB position fixed it's going to mean SQUAT....we've had good receivers here before and when the team is struggling to get it in the end zone, a Pro Bowl team of WRs wouldn't matter.

Posted by: Craig M | April 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Philbin says until we get the oline fixed then we can't improve the QB play. So what is really more important?

When Merling talked you would've thought he was a 3 year-old. The guy couldn't string 2 words together and couldn't even talk plain. He sounded as dumb as a box of rocks. I think the collective I.Q. of our team just jumped a few points by releasing him.

Craig,

How many wins did Philip Rivers have last year??? Isn't he considered a very good/elite QB???

My point is that you need a LOT of different things to be really good. I'd much rather have Alex Smith as my QB with the team that SF has or Joe Flacco with his Ravens team than Rivers with his team.

Aloco who are you to ask ppl to give their opinion so we can judge them later. You barely ever post anything that makes sense and you want to be the one to sit in judgment. Whats your story? Why do you write like a 5 year old, are you really that ignorant?

"Philbin says until we get the oline fixed then we can't improve the QB play. So what is really more important?"

Sy,

It's ALWAYS about the O-line. This is one thing Sparano knew but he just couldn't get it right. If you can't protect your QB then your QB--as good as he is--is either going to struggle or be forced to make plays a TON of plays on his own like Big Ben & Vick & wind up beat getting beat up.

Always, always it is in somber and whispered tones that I express the passing of the players, the parade of the fallen. It is not for I to rain down upon them criticisms and scurrilous attacks, nor should you lower yourselves to this darkest and basest depth of human expression. It belies your own deep insecurities and lack of masculinity.

Winds of fate, take Philip Merling and may he be lifted and healed.

Aloco who are you to ask ppl to give their opinion so we can judge them later. You barely ever post anything that makes sense and you want to be the one to sit in judgment. Whats your story? Why do you write like a 5 year old, are you really that ignorant?

Posted by: Your paper is a cess pool | April 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Yes, he is.

And you're right. he never posts anything meaningful. Just accuses people of flip flopping, The Acorn, the basement, the cellar, the mechanic etc...

He's one of the dull bulbs on this blog.

Sy,

IMO--If we're not going to take Kuechly who I believe is the safest player in this draft after Luck then we should take the next safest player who is DeCastro. Both Kuechly & DeCastro are the best rated players at their positions & by all accounts are NFL ready.

F#ck TanneHenne. You don't draft a QB that high just to take a QB. At Number 8--I believe that player/QB has to be more seasoned than this kid.

His one shining moment -(cue the music) - a pick in the 08 season finale against the Jets' Favre to get them their one sniff of the playoffs.

Before you rag on Irelend, fans- ask yourself - what exactly did Merling do here besides that to distinguish himself? Nada - and you can't very well say it was Ireland's fault (here we go again) for bringing him here - I think any reasonable person would agree it was Parcells' call on pretty much everything until this last draft. Before fans start whining for a new toy (GM) before they've played with (rationally evaluated) the current one, maybe consider this - you have a GM that in his first season on his own - swapped a 3rd string back up safety for Reggie Bush, found an excellent center that you can plug in and hopefully forget about for 10 years, traded a headcase diva wideout that is a 'victim' (aren't they all)and throws his teamates under the bus after dropping passes that mattered but saving his best game for (puke) the 'Pro Bowl'. I got news for you - 2 3rds are as good as it gets for guys like that. Take the money and run. Was it 2 2nds like they gave up to get him? No - but Tuna was here - and the fact of the matter - all of the stuff that occurred when he was here - has to fall under the 'don't know' category - unless you know. Parcells is gone - now you get to find out and so far Ireland's done well - all while inheriting personnel from a mentor losing touch with the game and with a rookie owner who sticks his foot in his mouth every chance he gets. Guess what - the NFL is hard - you're gonna have to earn it - through shrewd player acquisitions and solid drafts - just like the Ravens Pats Steelers Giants Pack have done. Not by caving as fans to what the media says. If you want to trash your GM based on what a few pinheads say about this team on ESPN based on a solid FIRST season on his own (yes I am talking about Jeff Ireland), instead of saying screw what the outside pundits say - they are not on this team... then you have no identity - you are riding the wind whatever way it is blowing. Grow a pair. See the world as it is. Be all you can be. (etc... whatever- insert closing statement here).

Hey Clueless,

Not everybody spends all day on here or reads every comment ever made. Here's an idea, if you don't like what I have to say, then skip over my comments. Nobody forcing you to read. I'm trying to empashize that while I really like Floyd, I don't believe it's the way I would go. That OK with you?

Many of you have had your brains carpeted with insect-riddled glue traps. It is obvious in the pallid and unfocused drivel I see here!

THAT GUY..........


THE GARAGE MANAGER........

THE CELLAR.....................


THE DRAFT BUSTS..................

THE RELEASE OF HENNE..............

D.THOMAS ,THE BUST..........

SMITH,THE BUST..............

AND ODRICK ,MY FOOT...................


That guy--

How dare you take a reasoned and analytical stance on this blog! Grab a pitchfork and down a glass of dummy juice so you can fit in here!

I don't REALLY hate what we did to our team in the off-season except not adding Jake Scott to be our starting RG BUT I find it interesting that the only attention Ross/Ireland have gotten has been negative. Sorry Mr. Ross but that's just not good for business.

IMO--There are only two players that could have helped ticket sales this year & those were Luck & RG3. If he honestly thinks that Tannehill or anyone else for that matter is going to cause a spike in ticket sales he truly doesn't understand the NFL fan.

WHDP,

Of course it takes more than one player, but the one thing we hear from all the personnel people is 'you can't win in this league without a QB'. Are you confident we have that QB on the roster? Point blank question. You said above that you don't think Moore can do it with Sherman and Philbin so from your comments I'm guessing no. So why ignore the obvious? Because we have to wait for this kid to develop? Who cares! Forget Barkley. It's never going to happen. We won't be bad enough. It never works out that way. Cleveland is worse than us, possibly Minnesota, possibly Carolina, possibly Jacksonville. There may be more. So what are we going to do every year, trade three first round picks for that QB? That's a great strategy! And what happens when the QB doesn't work out, which could happen. So let's just keep plugging in new chess pieces on the board and ignore the fact that we don't have a Queen, who affects the game more than any other player.

..If you were to listen to every TV or radio F.A.G.(Football Anaylist Guy)..They would lead to to believe about anything at this point.. Todays rumor that every team from 3-16 is looking to trade down is the latest in the I can't wait for the draft so this madness will end rumor..Now it could be very possible this is true. We will never know. But could it be that at this point the overload of information, and access to this info has become overload? Does anyone actually believe, or give any credibility to any of these reports anymore? They have become of a mockery, and the reporters..A characature of an omnipotent football guy..with inside information to nothing..I cannot wait until this process is over, and the information is real.

If I was running this team, the pick would be David Decastro

Ohio, let me apologize that Kris wants to pull you into this silly debate we're having. But all anyone needs to do is check the facts.

I bring up articles I've read, from reputable sources, or heard on the radio, and sometimes I might use them to backup some argument I'm making, and sometimes I'm just bringing them up.

It's not the argument Kris has a problem with, apparently his problem is I get my information from the media. And Kris, I guess, believes the media NEVER gets it right.

All I'm asking then is, where does Kris go to get legitimate information? I'd seriously like to know so I can go there too. Is there a "Just the Facts" website I can go to or something? Wouldn't you like to know?

Whenever I ask, Kris never says. Yet he continues to call out my (in his view) comical belief that everything I read is true. Which I'm not sure where he got that from since I don't believe that, but, that's never really been discussed (where he's gotten this belief from). And then when I question his sources, and how I've read posts where he believes some weird stuff, he says I'm making fun of his "core beliefs."

There's a simple solution. Kris can stop criticizing me for using dreaded reporters and my sources of info, and I'll stop criticizing him for believing in conspiracy theories. That seems fair to me. By the way, I rarely if ever respond when Kris makes those claims (usually he's talking to Home). I just let that crazy stuff fly. But Kris makes it a point to respond to my posts whenever I include a source of the info I'm posting.

So am I really "making fun of his core beliefs?" Or am I sticking up for myself? It's probably not as black and white and Kris would have you believe.

"When Merling talked you would've thought he was a 3 year-old. The guy couldn't string 2 words together and couldn't even talk plain. He sounded as dumb as a box of rocks. I think the collective I.Q. of our team just jumped a few points by releasing him."

Well...At least Merling turned out to be a HIGH character guy. LOL!!!

Hmmmm....Misi, Vontae, & Marshall too. Reported fist fight between Marshall & Vontae in the locker room. I guess taking Kuechly just makes too much sense. I just don't see how taking Tannehill (who will be babied like Sanchez) is going to help this team's chemistry. If we're not trying to win now then start dumping anyone over 30.

Fake GM,

I like DeCastor too but I'm not sure how I feel about another top pick spent on the OL. I'm not convinced that we can't achieve a decent line with Murtha or Jerry at RT and Jerry or later draft pick at G. I get the importance of having a good line. I just think it's kind of nuts picking another OL this high. Just MO....

How many busts the Dolphins have hired in recent years ? Countless !
Is there any reason to expect Ireland won't f)&&ck it up again this year ? I don't think so. The only possible solution to avoid Ireland keeping dismantling this team is to terminate him with extreme prejudice.
The only problem is that Ross is in love with this super moron. Ireland thinks that by heating the seat with his ass can justify his useless job. Working inefficiently from 7am to 9pm is just wasting resources. We should fire both characters.
Maybe the FO should also release Long, Dansby, Bess, Carpenter, etc. Etc. To reduce cap space and hire Ireland as kicker and another NFL Europe guys. Gizz, no hope for the Dolphins with this two clowns steering the wheel.

he'll probably be a jet by the end of the week.

Of course it takes more than one player, but the one thing we hear from all the personnel people is 'you can't win in this league without a QB'. Are you confident we have that QB on the roster? Point blank question. You said above that you don't think Moore can do it with Sherman and Philbin so from your comments I'm guessing no. So why ignore the obvious? Because we have to wait for this kid to develop? Who cares! Forget Barkley. It's never going to happen. We won't be bad enough. It never works out that way. Cleveland is worse than us, possibly Minnesota, possibly Carolina, possibly Jacksonville. There may be more. So what are we going to do every year, trade three first round picks for that QB? That's a great strategy! And what happens when the QB doesn't work out, which could happen. So let's just keep plugging in new chess pieces on the board and ignore the fact that we don't have a Queen, who affects the game more than any other player.

Craig,

I said that IF Moore can get on the same page as Philbin/Sherman he can have success.

marchcool, I'm not so sure someone with the spelling and composition ability of a fourth-grader should really be commenting on the intelligence of anyone else.

I'm guessing perhaps you didn't grow up with English as your first language? Otherwise, no excuse.

So what is your point??? That we don't need an elite WR to win games. Okay. Then what do we need???? A QB that is inexperienced, overrated, & raw??? That's going to make us a winning team???? It's very hard to envision that & I believe that if Moore can click with Phibin & Sherman he'll be good enough.

Posted by: We Have Draft Picks | April 23, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Craig,

Here's what I wrote about Moore.

THEY FINALY GET RID OF ''BIG LAZY''!

"Not everybody spends all day on here or reads every comment ever made."

Posted by Craig M:

So, this is your green light to spam the blog with the same posts?

Say what you have to say & move on. You don't have to keep repeating until someone responds. Perhaps you're not as important as you'd like to think you are.

Wanna know why these blogs are longer than they need to be? I can cite your posts as an example. Now please, feel free to tell us for the 3rd time on this page how much you like Floyd.

I don't think everyone knows your thoughts on him yet.

WHDP,

Fair enough. I misread your post. I still think he can get on the same page with them too but I don't believe it'll be good enough. BEST case scenario, if everything fell into place would be a wild card finish and then a first round loss. Then what? Moore's a FA and we're back to where we started. I like Moore but I think he's got limited upside. It'll only go so far. We're in denial and are just putting off the inevitable. I like Tannehill and to a lesser extent Weeden. I wouldn't touch any of the other QBs. Waste of picks IMO....

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