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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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Please don't tell me it's the same guy... He definitely types different, but the tactics look simular. I don't understand why they don't block his IP address.

It's Home Patrick. NJ called him out last night and he did the same thing he does over on SS. "Mando must have given you the info" blah,blah,blah. Over on SS it's always "Omar must have told you it was me" crap, as if it isn't totally obvious by the things he says.

Again.... the idea here is to focus more on the
Dolphins....
and not be so preoccupied with each other.

Cheers.

SEE YA PORTER!!! Unfortunately he'll be in a patsies uniform next year!!!

BACALA IS GOOD FOR YOU

I agree Joe! ALoco, you know not what you say... It starts out all fan and games and before you know it there are 900 posts completely unrelated to anything Dolphin. Or we have to hear how Sean Smith is a posser over and over again for 20 posts in a row.

interesting fact...

never even one time Joe have say something about the Dolphins... He only talk about other people and then tell them they should not talk about other people and only dolphin... strange

It's interesting some guys get applauded when they refuse to come out of a game. I’ve heard stuff like, “he’s such a competitor, he sends guys back to the sideline.” So a coach has to temper whether he should call a guy out for this type of behavior. They’re telling these guys to tough it out and play hurt. When a guy is hurt then they want to pull him, he thinks he’s a tough guy, a leader, by staying in. That is why Sparano told Joey to stay home, because he knew if Porter dressed he would not be able to keep him out of the game.

This is a mistake in dealing with people. Of course I’m speculating here but if Sparano had told Joey he was sitting him because he wasn’t performing than Joey would have gone off on him just like he did Cameron. You take the good with the bad when dealing with a guy like Porter. His ego, temper and volatility make him a great football player when he is healthy, but when he is not healthy those same attributes make him a problem to deal with. When you’re getting 18.5 sacks out of him then the good outweighs the bad, but when he is not producing and you still have to deal with the volatility then the bad outweighs the good.

At this point I think the bad is in the lead and that the team would better off if they let Joey go.

Goodbye Joey. Good luck wherever you are going but ut will not be in a Dolphin uniform.

FLPD, I saw NJ Phin Fan once. I walked up to him to tell him he had a string hanging from his shirt but when I looked closer I saw that it was his arm and not a string. Actually, I think the string he carries hangs once a month from his genitals. Just an observation.

See ya on the beat.

On the job. I just drove by the donut shop and saw you in the parking lot. How can anybody miss you. You were standing there with your 5 rolls of fat hanging over your belt and your butt crack coming out the back of your pants. Do us a favor and wipe the jelly off your face , you look like a mess. Now be a good fat boy and put my tax dollars to good use. After all i'm your boss. Who's your daddy !! LMFAO !!!

3rd draft coming up folks. Where are all the break out players from the 2008 draft? Shouldn't they be showing up next season?

Tuna is a genius right?

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