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Former Dolphins DE Philip Merling Makes Interesting Free Agent Candidate As 3-4 End

The Miami Dolphins are set to release defensive end Philip Merling, and while the former Clemson star has been a disappointment for the Dolphins, it's hard to ignore a low-risk project like Merling as a potential 3-4 end for the Kansas City Chiefs to consider.

"The Dolphins are moving away from a traditional 3-4 defensive front, and they have plenty of five technique defensive ends," writes Izzy Gould. "Merling has been a major underachiever his first four seasons.The Dolphins are moving away from a traditional 3-4 defensive front, and they have plenty of five technique defensive ends. Merling has been a major underachiever his first four seasons."

Merling has yet to live up to his second round draft status, so those expectations should be long gone. But the potential was there coming out of Clemson enough for many to grade him as a low first round or early second prospect. He only had 4 tackles all of last season, but the Chiefs aren't above such reclamation projects (i.e. Jared Gaither last season). It's likely he will not sign anywhere until after the 2012 NFL Draft, if at all, but some team will likely take a flier on him.