Phillip Merling was once a high pick of the Miami Dolphins, going with the 1st selection of the 2nd round in 2008, 32nd overall. However, Merling could never establish himself in a crowded rotation in Miami and never seemed to be comfortable anywhere in their 3-4. They cut him this offseason and today he found someone to take a flier on him, the Green Bay Packers.
It’s no secret the Packers needed defense this offseason. They did very well to address their defensive needs through the draft, but another defensive player couldn’t hurt. Merling still has some upside and if anyone can get it out of him, it could be Dom Capers and the Green Bay Packers, even though Merling has never fit a 3-4 scheme. He could see action for the Packers in a situational role on the defensive line, where they need help. He could just as easily be cut in preseason. I would assume his contract reflects this and doesn’t have a lot of guaranteed money.