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A rift between the Dolphins and Porter is mutual

Immediately following the 2009 regular-season, Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter met with coach Tony Sparano and the two discussed the player's season as well as his future with the team.

It was a frank discussion because, as one source close to Porter said, "Joey's no shrinking violet. He says what's on his mind."

No lie. Porter told Sparano he wasn't happy. He said he was not happy with his number of snaps, which were at times limited during the season. He said he wasn't happy about being suspended for the Nov. 15 Tampa Bay game. He said he believed he was playing out of position at times during the season.

Porter, who feeds on emotion and fancies himself a team leader, apparently believed he was limited in his ability to do what he does best because he often found himself on the sideline rather than in the game.

In short, Porter made it clear that he wasn't happy much of 2009.

It was a private meeting, but the extent of Porter's simmering private unhappiness recently boiled over publicly.

Last week, appearing on Romeo in the Morning on Hot 94.1 in Bakersfield, California, Porter's home town, the enigmatic linebacker told the show host that he didn't want to return to the Dolphins in 2010. He repeated the complaints he made to Sparano -- that he wasn't happy with his role, that he wasn't happy about being benched.

And then, according to two listeners who heard the interview and e-mailed me to report what was said, Porter and Romeo discussed what teams Porter would be happy playing for going forward. Porter discussed wanting to play for a team closer to home. The two joked about Porter not going to the Raiders because Romeo is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs. (The Chiefs and Raiders are traditional rivals.)

I reached out to Romeo to get a copy of the show, but he said he couldn't help because he does not archive his show. That's the reason I cannot directly quote what Porter said on the air.

The point is this: We knew the Dolphins weren't thrilled with Porter at times during the season. Obviously he was benched for disciplinary reasons. Team sources also spread the word that Porter might not play at all the remainder of the season following that suspension. That obviously didn't happen, but it seemed to be something that was discussed.

And the fact that Porter was injured much of the season and didn't produce at the level he did in 2008 seemed to raise eyebrows on the team that perhaps he was starting to decline. That all led to the possibility that Porter might not return for 2010.

But now we know the feelings seem mutual.

No, Porter has not offically asked to be traded. No, the rift is not irreparable.

But there are major issues.

Jeff Sperbeck, Porter's California-based agent, is expected to try and meet with the Dolphins in Mobile, Ala., this week. Sperbeck declined to speak to The Herald on this topic. But he is expected to seek clarity about the issues Porter had with the team and those the team had with Porter while he and the Miami staff are at the Senior Bowl conducting business.

The meeting could give both sides a clear indication if the Porter-Dolphins union is headed for a divorce or not. If that divorce is to happen, it will most likely come before March 1 when the Dolphins owe Porter a $1 million roster bonus. Later this offseason, they will owe Porter another $200,000 for a workout bonus.

Porter has $2.4 million guaranteed coming this year from the Dolphins regardless of what happens. Of course, that is a blip on the radar in a year there is likely to be no salary cap. Cutting or trading Porter would have no cap ramifications for the Dolphins if there is no collective bargaining agreement and thus no cap.

The purpose of this post is strictly informational. This is not opinion. I'll give you my opinion on all this plus my analysis of what might happen in my post tomorrow.

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wake up people NJ is like sean salisbiry, never did nothing in the league but always can say what a player need to do to get better. he claimed he played big time college football, why is he not in the league or coaching with all this knowledge. point blank he,s a wannabe.he's the first with all the info, he never wrong and how in the hell do you post on 2 different blogs with different topics mins apart. this dude is full of himself. the sooner you realize this the better of you will be. A BROKE WATCH IS CORRECT AT LEAST TWICE A DAY that dont mean its any good

The @zz who is faking me posted at 11:37pm, that is not me NJ.


You're so awesome. I sometimes cream my back side thinking about how awesome you are. Can you and me hook up sometime and talk about football?

stop the madness is also I AM ALWAYS RIGHT....goodnight bozo

Ace , thanks . that's Exactly how i feel . i'm very passionate and Very Competitive. Plus i'm from jeresy.

stop the madness why dont you post in your true name? You are right, but we dont know who you r

if it's true, the insubordination/mutinous-conduct is quite troubling, not just re Sparano but the whole Front Office.

But it may explain, quite unsatisfactorily, why we didn't see Wake more often.

I hope the team can get past it; I suspect, as do you, that the shake-up on the Defensive staff is directly related to this untold-till-now debacle.

Posted by: The Seer | January 26, 2010 at 11:36 PM

The NFL is all about packages. The only package I am aware of with the Dolphins is the Wildcat.

Why can't we use Wake in certain packages? The guy is a beast if given the chance to be a beast.

I suspect it's because of JT or Porter. I'd like to keep Porter but if both were to be let go it wouldn't bother me one bit.

Tell NJ to stop with all the insults. Then the board can get back to normal.

He is not always right. But his ego tells him he is.

Who's your daddy ???

FL JETS FAN what is with the name? You sound like a p*ssy

hey joey if you got room in your car can you take crowder and akin with you please? thank you. i find it so hard to believe that crowder has been here for quite some time now and has never come close to making even one huge play thats just not normal for a starting linebacker


You're so awesome. I sometimes cream my back side thinking about how awesome you are. Can you and me hook up sometime and talk about football?

Posted by: Liberace | January 26, 2010 at 11:41 PM
How can we take you seriously, Liberace with this post of yours....jack@zz

I think we trade Porter .
get are hands on Brandon Marshall and Elvis Dumervil with the help of Mike Nolan.

new LB Core
Wake,McClain from draft,J.T, Crowder,

and if there smart also snag up Sergio findle in Draft. Then Karlos Dansby in FA

draft Dan Williams NT.
FA pick up Vince Wilfork or Casey Hampton to sure up dline.

also pick up FA Antrel Rolle and trade Gibril Wilson.

Dolfan88 , that's all ?? Sounds simple. LMFAO !!!

my real name is brian d smith am i suppose to use that. do you still know who i would be if i use that!! how do we know who uses what name. how do you know if a person use multiple names or not!! there's no way to know unless i tell you or MANDO lets you know im posting under same email address. my thing is this i(NJ) came with the story yesterday before mando,im right your wrong, there's no possible way sparano can like cody. last i checked wilfork is just as big kris jenkens as well. money can change all players, so take the money and never performs so get the money and play hard for more money and some just not that good. all you have to do is look at his post here and then check his post on sun sentinel the guy is a mess

sorry typo "some"

What ?????? Speak english. LOL .

stop the madness is dying breed, stop hiding fool

Dolfan 88,

Yeah while we are at it we can pick up Moss, Welker, and Pat Willis...McClain isnt a lock at 12, Sergio Kindle will go before 43 most likely(if not then Williams will be gone). We arent the only team with these needs and we arent buyin all of them. Sounds like the wish list of a rich kid that no one has ever said no to.

Daddy, I want a fighter jet, and some real GI Joes, and then some....

NJ do you know stop the madness sounds alot like dying breed? He watches your every move he and there. Just like a stalker.

stop the madness is also I AM ALWAYS RIGHT....goodnight bozo

Posted by: FL JETS FAN | January 26, 2010 at 11:43 PM

unlike you i form my own opinions by watch and knowing sports not just football but all sports. i never played golf but i now how to keep score and no i dont know the different club to use but thats b/c i dont play. grow a pair a use the piece of mind the good man above gave you. u=follower me = man standing on his own. thats whats wrong with most ppl, they dont know shyt for themselves they believe what they are being told. ps if im wrong im man enough to say im wrong

Dolfan 88:

Do we get the Sparkly Ponies in FA, the draft, or both?


ps if im wrong im man enough to say im wrong

Posted by: stop the madness | January 27, 2010 at 12:09 AM

WOW a f*cking little man who posts under different names. Yeah you are a man alright. Hahahahaha

i dont have to be dying breed i could be anybody that has challenge nj,unfortunately dying breed is the only name you come up with. yea nj has good point sometimes but thats all it is points. the purpose of this blog is to agree to disagree as long as we love the phins. not just ride with what nj says all the time. this the same man who tell poster on sun sent that the senior bowl is on in 10mins, i'll give you my thoughts as if thats what everybody been waiting on. get real

He acts like he's Rex Ryan's child...

What ????? I can't understand a word your saying. WOW !!! LMAO !!!

its like most who are hanging on to his every word would be lost without NJ around. so do you really know football or what you read from nj. im sure dying breed dont think like me and vice versa

stop the madness @zz wipe, the menace does the same krap. "The menace has arrived what is the first question?" "The menace will be live at 4pm" Same krap, nobody cares but you do because you are still talking about it.

Cuban menace/madness , your pretty funny tonight but i played along with you enough tonight.

stop the madness aka anyone sound like a guy that has jealousy issues, envious of a certain individual. Post in blue if you got the guts.

qbert = gay! u fighting for another man WOW. nj a big boy he says, im sure he can fight his own battles

qbert what the F, Like you said I can be anyone, who cares I could be you

Ok guys Nj just makes me sick. He never played college ball. If so can he prove it.

i dont use saying like what the f and ok guys!!! i curse plain and simple if im going to do it and ok guys sound real gay

why would you sign under my screen name to ask nj a question you afraid to ask under your name. playing college ball dont mean your the god of football. there is another level after college you know

why would you sign under my screen name to ask nj a question you afraid to ask under your name. playing college ball dont mean your the god of football. there is another level after college you know

Too bad we couldn't trade Joey Porter to Arizona for Anquan Boldin. We need a power reciever threat. Parcells go into free agency, spend money and get us some cornerbacks that can actually make plays!!

for all you hard up men pulling nj nutsack SERENA is playing. might be the closest you get to a real woman

the screen name is up for grabs, unless you sign in blue.

why would you sign under my screen name to ask nj a question you afraid to ask under your name.

Posted by: stop the madness | January 27, 2010 at 12:35 AM

Pot meet Kettle!

i could be dying breed, i could be cuban menace, i could be qbert(not), or home super bowl 2010. if i log in in blue that still want prove nothing. i could make names all day just as you are doing now. new email new name its so easy a caveman can do it

stop madness get off this blog. You have a problem with gays? You are a pedophile....scumbag

What ?? Nothing on Chemitrails ???

thank you digdug:) dont leave your kids around me. im the first pedophile strickly in a sports blog. PEDOphile blog slow tonite!! come with something better

Stop madness @hole. Example: carlito from golfito posts in blue, he cannot post as let say gumby in blue. He would have to do it in black. You keep hiding....be brave dont be a little scared boy

they make better video games now you know. get out the 70's and 80's.

NJ go to bed you f'kin idiot. WE all had enough of your ego bs

I dont say things like "they make better video games now you know. get out the 70's and 80's."
I hate video games. My father used to beat me for playing video games. The faker posted at 12:50am

what kind of man tells another man to go to bed other than a punk????

Stop the madness , why don't you tell everybody about Chemitrials and post a link. Then tell everybody how they're going to die by 2012.

you need a new dad then b/c i didnt have that problem. maybe thats it NJ is the father figure you never had

Joey wants out? Hmm....well, my response is don't let the doornob hit you where the sun don't shine as you walk out the door.

im not into predicting death.

faker at 12:54am,

I was beaten alot by my father, then he left me. I tell myself everyday, i am a survivor. Dont hate me for I know not what I do.

Tell us about chemitrials and post the link.

go to bed stop madness, you unmarried, no kids piece of scum.

drop the i between the m and t. its spelled chemtrials

NJ why you accuse madness of chemtrails?

NJ knows who stop the madness really is. Please tell us NJ

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