Dolphins Ink 2 Restricted Free Agents

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins locked up a couple of big men to one year contracts Tuesday evening.

The Dolphins announced defensive lineman Phillip Merling and offensive tackle Lydon Murtha signed their restricted free agent tenders.

Merling has played for the Fins since being selected with the first pick of the second round in 2008. Merling has played in 47 career games and started five while pulling down 3.5 career sacks, eight passes defensed, one interception, and one touchdown.

Murtha is entering his third season with the Dolphins and has seen his playing time increase after Jake Long went down with an injury near the end of the season. Murtha was signed off the Lions practice squad in 2009.

Murtha could vie for a starting job at the right tackle position if the Dolphins don’t draft an offensive lineman in the first few rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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