Phins Sign Marques Douglas, Merling Out For Year


The Miami Dolphins bucked a trend or rather an unwritten policy and have signed former NY Jets DE Marques Douglas. The signing comes on the heals of Phillip Merling’s season ending injury.

Douglas, 34 years old is a rather big change for a team that normally doesn’t sign players over 30. Earlier speculation was that the Phins would pursue a trade for former Bill Parcells draft pick Marcus Spears. Instead they opted for a player with Mike Nolan connections. Douglas played for Nolan in 2005.

Merling who has had a rough off-season that began with hitting his pregnant girlfriend and last week had that incident officially bring a felony charge will at least not have to worry about a competition with Jared Odrick.

Training camp begins next Friday.

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  • Steve Hoffart

    Karma is a bitch! Not going to shed any tears over this.

  • beowulf

    Merling wasn’t going to play this season anyhow. I look at this signing more as a sign that maybe some doubts exist about our other DE’s!

    The team could easily end up regretting moving Starks rather than finding a real NT. Now instead of ONE weak area on the line we have two.

    Two out of three ain’t good…

  • HvK

    Marques Douglas played for Mike Nolan from 2001-07. Nolan was the DC in Baltimore from 01-04 where Marques Douglas played and it looks like he brought Douglas with him to SF from 05-07.

  • Brian Miller

    Hvk: Thanks for that correction

  • HvK

    np. When I heard Douglas played for Baltimore I looked into it. I think it adds more confidence to this signing and am glad the FO is using Nolan as a resource.

  • Luke

    to bad for merling,now he has all summer to get his shit together. not a major loss but it does effect the depth. nothing that cant be replaced. im more pissed that we didnt persue spears. i know he plays LDE but i believe he would be awesome at DT. put starks back at RDE and let odrick back him up. spears at 315 lbs. would get the job done at DT. imo. rock on dolphins.