Originally posted on The Redskins Blog:

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

On Tuesday, the Washington Redskins beefed up their defensive line as they signed Phillip Merling to a reserve/futures contract. Merling is a 6-5, 315 pound defensive end who was drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.

Merling was a standout during his three years at Clemson University. During his junior year, he was a key member of a defense that finished the season in the top-10 in scoring and total defense. To add to his honors, he was a member of the 2007 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team after finishing the season with 78 tackles and seven sacks.

During his rookie season, Merling showed off his abilities in a game against the New York Jets when he picked off Brett Favre and rumbled into the end zone for a pick-six. His interception was a game-changing moment and helped the Dolphins clinch…

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