Saturday, March 20, 2010
Cards don't see much risk in Porter
Reporters rolled their eyes when Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said Joey Porter's public railings against the club didn't weigh into the decision to cut the controversial outside linebacker.
Ireland insisted Porter had to go because he wasn't good enough on the field.
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt obviously didn't view either issue as a deterrent.
Whisenhunt, who was on the Pittsburgh Steelers' staff when Porter was a star for them, doesn't view him as a troublemaker. And the three-year, $17.5 million deal shows the Cardinals still think Porter can play.
"There's been a lot said and written about Joey -- the bulletin-board material he gives to other teams and all that stuff -- but in my experience with him, he believes in the team concept and knowing that being successful is about being unselfish," Whisenhunt told NFL.com's Steve Wyche. "He brings an intensity and passion and will keep that level up throughout the game on defense."
Porter yapped away in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, ripping Dolphins coach Tony Sparano and outside linebacker Cameron Wake, a Canadian Football League import Porter didn't think was good enough to take some of his playing time.
Porter's production fluctuated with the Dolphins. His first season was a free-agency disappointment. He signed a five-year, $32 million contract and posted 5.5 sacks in 2007. He rebounded in 2008, leading the AFC with 17.5 sacks.
Last year, Porter ran afoul of Sparano and battled a hamstring problem. Porter recorded nine sacks, with half of that total coming in two games.
"I watched more than 400 snaps, and I still see his ability to make those plays," Whisenhunt said. "He also fills an area we needed to address."