Lost in a week long medical breakdown of RG IIII was the addition of Phillip Merling. The defensive lineman signed by the Redskins to a reserve/futures contract.
Merling was an All-ACC defensive end at Clemson, leading to the Miami Dolphins selecting him with the first overall pick in the second round of the 2008 draft. Merling spent four seasons in South Florida and last season with Green Bay.
Merling who turns 28 in April, has the size (6'5" 315) to play anywhere along the three man front and could provide relief to a unti that was worn thin in 2012 after season ending injuries to Adam Carriker and Chris Neild. Jarvis Jenkins was forced into a starting role in essentially his rookie season, sapping the team of its main source of depth.
Make no mistake, Merling is a long shot but is getting what amounts to his final chance. In 2010, Merling was charged with aggravated battery, but charges were dropped when the accusing party did not show up to testify.