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    The Miami Dolphins released the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Friday after three seasons together.

    Porter said last week that he wanted to be released, not traded, by the Dolphins because he was frustrated about his reduced role with the team. Porter also doubted that his relationship with coach Tony Sparano could be repaired. Porter said he had stopped speaking with general manager Jeff Ireland and football czar Bill Parcells.

    "I asked the coach if that was the situation you planned on using me, just let me leave. I don't want to be traded nowhere," Porter said. "If you don't want me to play full time, just make it easy on both of us and release me. I'm not asking for no more money. I'm not asking for nothing different. I'm just asking to play. If I can't do that for you, then why you want to keep me there, knowing that I'm unhappy? Bringing that negative vibe?"

    Porter then appeared on NFL Network's Super Bowl pregame show and said that he wanted no part of the Dolphins' youth movement.

    "If it was a situation where the guys were better than me, then you just have to move on," he said. "But if it's not a changing of the guard, they just have to sit and wait their turn. Nobody is that good enough behind me to be stepping on my toes."

    Porter originally signed with the Dolphins as a free agent on March 7, 2007, signing a five-year deal for $32 million, with $20 million guaranteed. In his time with the Dolphins, Porter started all but three games, registering 32 sacks, including a career-high and AFC-leading 17.5 in 2008.

    However, things went south in 2009, when Porter -- who was slowed by a sore right hamstring -- missed two games, including being benched less than 24 hours before kickoff for a Week 10 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a coach's decision.

    "It was because I went out to get something to eat from 9 to 10:30 (two nights before the game)," Porter said about the benching. "I've never heard that before -- telling a grown man what to do on a Friday night."

    From that point on, Porter's playing time diminished. Porter was angered after being replaced by pass-rush specialist Cameron Wake in some situations.

    "I'm an every-down player," Porter said. "I'm supposed to be out on the field when the game's on the line. I was on the sideline in the fourth quarter cheering. ...

    "My mind wouldn't be there because I'm frustrated that I'm on the sideline. It's hard for me to accept that after being in the Pro Bowl just a year ago. Now all of a sudden I'm taking a back seat -- for who and for what?"

    The Dolphins' defense deteriorated at the end of the season, and the team failed to make the playoffs, finishing 7-9. Porter's sack total in 2009 fell to nine, still the Dolphins' high, and he was named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s in January.

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    Porter to Arizona in 10, 9, 8, 7, .....

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    Porter to Arizona in 10, 9, 8, 7, .....
    Yeah and he will get 9 million a year or something ridiculous. This guy has to be the luckiest football player ever in terms of contracts. Who else can just walk away from **** like that?

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    E.S.P.N. reported that the Dolphins had to retract the waiver because it would hurt them cap wise. They can release him March 5th.
    Are these morons getting dumber or just louder-Mayor Quimby

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    Dolphins put Porter back on rosterComment Email Print Share ESPN.com news services

    Hours after the Miami Dolphins announced his release, linebacker Joey Porter returned to their roster in the first of many complex salary-cap rules that the league is expected to encounter this offseason.



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    NFL rules prohibited the Dolphins from releasing Porter at this time when his salary-cap acceleration exceeded the space that the team had, according to an NFL source. Now, after thinking he had his freedom, Porter does not. He is still a Dolphin -- and is likely to remain so until at least next month, when the league's new year starts March 5.



    The NFL is expected to go to an uncapped year starting March 5 -- assuming the league and the NFL Players Association cannot extend their collective bargaining agreement before then. But until then, teams must work within the constraints of the salary cap, so Porter's rights reverted back to Miami.



    Porter's release would have accelerated Porter's cap hit to $4.8 million, leaving the Dolphins $600,000 above the imposed cap, according to a source.


    Less than three hours after the transaction was revoked, the Dolphins said the move was "determined to be an invalid termination. Therefore at this time, Porter reverts back to the Miami Dolphins roster."

    The Dolphins declined to elaborate, as did the NFL.

    "It's a club matter," league spokesman Greg Aiello said. Porter's agent didn't respond to phone messages. The hitch may have involved NFL salary-cap rules, and Porter is still expected to be released or traded in the next few weeks.


    It's likely the Dolphins could release him once the new league year kicks off March 5. It's also possible Miami could try to trade Porter, though teams are typically hesitant about dealing for players they expect to be released.



    Under the five-year, $32 million deal he signed with the Dolphins in 2007, Porter is due a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year on March 10, according to a source.


    A four-time Pro Bowl linebacker named in January to the NFL's All-Decade team, Porter campaigned last week to be waived. In broadcast interviews he said he was frustrated about his reduced role in 2009 and doubted his relationship with coach Tony Sparano could be repaired.

    As his role diminished, Porter said, he talked with Sparano only on Sundays and stopped speaking with general manager Jeff Ireland and football czar Bill Parcells. Porter said he was the Dolphins' best outside linebacker and unhappy about being replaced by pass-rush specialist Cameron Wake in some situations. He said he wanted to go to a team where he could play every down.

    Porter said he saw less playing time after Sparano held him out of a midseason game at Tampa Bay because he "went out to get something to eat" two nights before the game. The defense deteriorated at the end of the season, and Miami failed to make the playoffs, finishing 7-9.

    An 11-year pro, Porter led the AFC in 2008 with 17 sacks. His sack total in 2009 fell to nine, still the Dolphins' high, and he was named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s in January.
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    Porter to Arizona in 10, 9, 8, 7, .....
    nah///// New england. they love themselves so over the hill aging linebackers

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    Default Re: Dolphins release veteran LB Porter, who had asked to leave

    I don't really get what Joey is *****ing about...

    he wants to be an every down player....wha wah wah....

    He's rich.

    he's got a chance to stay in Miami and extend his playing years by taking less physical abuse and get richer.

    WHATever.....

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