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Packers sign DE Merling, cut two

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Packers signed former Miami Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling today. The team also announced it has released former Arena League quarterback Nick Hill and tight end Cameron Ford, an undrafted rookie from Wake Forest. Merling was a second-round pick (No. 32 overall) of the Dolphins in 2008. There were only 31 first-round picks that season because the Patriots were stripped of theirs in the Spygate penalties. The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder from Clemson started only three games in five seasons for the Dolphins. He tore his Achilles tendon prior to the 2010 season and that same year was charged with domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend. That charge was later dropped when the woman left Florida and never returned to testify against Merling. His career highlight was a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown against the New York Jets and then-quarterback Brett Favre in the 2008 regular-season finale. Here's the video of that play, courtesy of NFL.com. In 46 career games, he had 66 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks. Merling, who was cut by the Dolphins last month, is the third defensive lineman the Packers have signed this offseason. Previously, they added Anthony Hargrove and Daniel Muir. Both did one-year, minimum contracts.

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