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Friday, February 12, 2010
Dolphins finally boot Porter from roster

By Tim Graham

Joey Porter was successful in talking his way off the Miami Dolphins.

In a move that was inevitable after Porter lashed out several times in interviews last week, the Dolphins on Friday released the all-decade outside linebacker.

Joey Porter
Joey Porter leaves the Dolphins after having collected 32 sacks over three seasons.
Porter can sign anywhere he chooses. That includes the Final Eight teams (the eight clubs that made the divisional playoffs this season), who are limited in signing unrestricted free agents because of the upcoming uncapped season. But those restrictions pertain only to players whose contracts have expired, not those who've been cut.

Porter had Dolphins management grumbling when he erupted on "Jim Rome is Burning," with a lengthy segment on Miami radio station WQAM and finally during a Sunday morning appearance on the NFL Network in which he said he would never wear a Dolphins jersey again.

In the process, Porter took thinly veiled shots at outside linebacker Cameron Wake for not being worthy of the playing time he took away.

The railings caused legendary coach Don Shula to publicly rebuke Porter. In South Florida, that's tantamount to a papal decree.

Porter led the AFC with 17.5 sacks two seasons ago, but his production dropped off because of a hamstring injury, and he fell out of favor with Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano.

Porter had nine sacks last season, but half of them came in two games. He battled a hamstring injury and was deactivated for a game because of a disagreement with Sparano. Porter contended he was punished for going out to dinner at a time when Sparano allowed him to take time off to nurse the hamstring injury. The Dolphins have refrained from commenting on their decision.

On WQAM last week, Porter told guest host -- and former Dolphins teammate -- Channing Crowder he would like to play in a 3-4 defense closer to his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif. Porter named the San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.

But could he be tempted to stay in the AFC East, where all four teams play a 3-4 defense?

The Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and New York Jets all could use pass-rushing help. The Bills recently hired George Edwards as defensive coordinator. Edwards was Miami's inside linebackers coach the past five seasons.