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 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 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.