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DE Merling Out For 2010 Season, May Be Interested In Spears

Via reports from the Miami Herald, Miami Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling is out for the 2010 season with an Achilles Tendon injury that was suffered during off-season workouts.

Since the injury was suffered during one of the Dolphins off-season workouts, the Dolphins cannot release Merling without paying him his salary for the year, $600,000.

Armando Salguero also reports that the Dolphins may be interested in acquiring Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears, who was drafted by Bill Parcells in the first round back in 2005, when the Tuna was still with the ‘Boys.

If the Fins were to fail to trade, or sign another starting caliber defensive end, rookie Jared Odrick would get the call to duty, and likely be the starter on Opening Day.

If the team were to fail to go out and get someone to compete for the starting job, this only gives Odrick, and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, more leverage in contract talks, which would strengthen the chances of a holdout. The fact that Merling is out for the season only bolsters the reason why Odrick needs to get into camp on time, and get accustomed to the NFL style of play, and get ready for Opening Day against the Buffalo Bills.

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