The Miami Dolphins' already-distressed offseason became a little more trying with the news the Broward County state attorney's office filed felony charges for aggravated battery against defensive lineman Phillip Merling on Friday.
Palm Beach Post writer Ben Volin reported the development Monday. Merling's pregnant girlfriend claimed he hit her "about five times" in the face. Merling, the 32nd overall pick in the 2008 draft, is listed at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds.
To illustrate how the Dolphins' offseason has gone, look no further than the club's four most recent news links on NFL.com. All pertain to arrests, suspicious behavior or a player suspended half the season for violating the league's drug policy.
"Dolphins DE Merling officially charged with felony battery"
"Dolphins' Ferguson calls it a career"
"Lawyer: DUI won't keep Brown away from Dolphins"
"Car registered to Dolphins' Hartline abandoned after crash"