NFC East: Joey Porter
Porter's been a highly productive player in the league, but he's also known for his brash behavior off the field. He filled notebooks in Pittsburgh and then he continued to yap in Miami. If you put him in a role where he can be a pass-rushing specialist, he could easily have seven or eight sacks. But if you expect him to line up and defend the run on a consistent basis, you've got the wrong guy.
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland basically came out and called Porter a declining player during the combine. But maybe it's good to have players such as Larry Johnson and Porter who are desperate to prove they still have something left. AFC West blogger Bill Williamson has told me about Shanahan's love of veterans, and we're starting to see that show up in free agency.
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Porter will arrive at Redskins Park on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 32-year-old has had a very productive and healthy career, but he's not the sort of player who blends into a locker room. His recurring complaints wore on the Dolphins, although general manager Jeff Ireland indicated during the combine that Porter's play on the field is what led to his release.
Porter played for Redskins linebackers coach Lou Spanos when the two were in Pittsburgh and he also spent a season under Skins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. If the Redskins sign Porter, the move will likely cut into Andre Carter's playing time. Obviously Washington's not going to allow Porter to impede Brian Orakpo's progress.
At this point in his career, Porter's pretty much a one-dimensional player. He can still rush the passer, but he has no business being a three-down player. The Redskins have already signed one controversial player in running back Larry Johnson. We'll see if Porter's next.
For an organization that's supposedly building through the draft, signing both Johnson and Porter would be curious decisions.
Good news, Skins fans. Help is on the way with former Bengals first-round pick Levi Jones on the way to town. The Bengals released their left tackle a month after selecting Alabama's Andre Smith in the first round of the '09 draft. Jones started 89 games for the Bengals, but he missed the final six games of the '08 season with a leg injury.
He had a tryout with the Packers in September, but nothing came out of it. If he's healthy, I'm sure the Redskins will plug him in immediately at one of the tackle spot. In fact, I would bet he'll end up at left tackle, which will allow Stephon Heyer to move back to the right side.
I have no clue why the Redskins waited so long to bring in Jones, but maybe they were waiting for word on Chris Samuels' neck injury. The Redskins released running backs Anthony Alridge and Marcus Mason on Tuesday and re-signed Renaldo Wynn.
I'm told Jones was a fan favorite with the Bengals. He went to Arizona State on an academic scholarship before deciding to walk on the football team. And some of you will recall his infamous Las Vegas fight with Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter. The Skins could use a brawler up front -- and it shouldn't take Jones long to crack the starting lineup.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
In an interview on ESPN's "First Take" that will air Wednesday, Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter defends his former Steelers teammate and close friend Plaxico Burress for feeling the need to carry a weapon. He admits that Burress made a mistake by not having a proper permit, but said that he's taking too much criticism.
"Plaxico is like a brother to me," Porter told ESPN. "I take it real personal how he's being treated. Everybody has their mistakes, but that's exactly what they are ... Until you've been in that situation, when you've been robbed at gunpoint or you've had a gun waved in your face or had your house broken into before or been carjacked, you really don't know what it's like."
I encourage you to watch the interview on "First Take" at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday.