Thursday, February 25, 2010
Can Dolphins and Porter patch it up?
INDIANAPOLIS -- In the time Joey Porter is serving out his sentence on the Miami Dolphins' roster, is it possible they can overcome their seemingly irreconcilable differences?
Yes, it's possible.
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland on Thursday talked for the first time about the team's attempt to release Joey Porter.
"There's always a chance," Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said Thursday. "Right now, he's a player under contract on our roster. We'll be making those decisions."
But it's safe to say the Dolphins won't be changing their minds on him.
Ireland grimaced when I asked whether the Dolphins are willing to work on repairing their relationship.
"Tough question, to be honest with you," Ireland said. "It goes both ways."
Ireland, attending the NFL scouting combine in Lucas Oil Stadium, spoke for the first time about the club's attempt to release Porter two weeks ago after the brazen outside linebacker took repeated shots at the team in the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
The NFL struck down Porter's release and returned him to the roster because the Dolphins wouldn't have been compliant with the salary cap. But on March 5, the league will enter an uncapped season. The Dolphins can cut him unconditionally.
Ireland claimed Porter's comments played no role in the team's decision to drop him. Porter criticized head coach Tony Sparano for taking away his playing time and giving Cameron Wake what Porter claimed were undeserved reps.
"Nothing on the baring of why we released Joey," Ireland said. "The intent was to release Joey that day, but none of the talk and off-the-field [antics] had anything to do with why we attempted to release him. It's all, basically, performance on the field why we attempted to release him."
Porter led the AFC with 17.5 sacks two seasons ago. He had nine sacks in 2009, missed a game because of a hamstring injury and was deactivated a game for violating team rules.