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The failure of Porter's termination a concern

Every NFL team has a salary cap specialist. These people are highly educated, highly specialized sorts that normally have many degrees and many hours of training in all things NFL salary cap.

So how the heck could the Dolphins so royally screw up the termination of Joey Porter on Friday?

I mean, seriously, talk about adding stink to a pile of trash.

The club announced Friday afternoon it had terminated Porter's contract, ending three interesting years with the enigmatic linebacker.

Routine. After all, a handful of teams cut a handful of players last week with zero problems or issues.

But two hours after announcing Porter's termination, the Dolphins had to basically eat their press announcement because the NFL determined the termination to be invalid. Seems the Porter termination would have violated the 2009 salary cap as it would have cost more than Miami has the ability to handle in cap space.


And this one arose out of one of several possibilities:

A. Somebody in Dolphins management messed up when figuring Porter's cap acceleration as it pertains to 2009. This is hard to do because it really is a simple math issue. The responsible party here would have to be the team's capologist.

B. Somebody in Dolphins management didn't know or fully understand the league salary cap rules as they currently stand. The responsible party here would have to be the team's capologist.

C. Somebody wasn't fully up to speed on the Dolphins salary cap situation. Again, the responsible party here would have to be the team's capologist who is supposed to be able to recite the team's cap situation from memory if need be

D. Somebody in Dolphins management took it upon themselves to release Porter without consulting the team's capologist. The responsible party here would be whomever didn't work with the capologist.

Although it is possible, it is hard to fathom D. Somebody doesn't just get a hankerin' to cut Joey Porter one Friday afternoon and simply do it without consulting anyone. The Dolphins pore over decisions such as these (I hope) and plan the steps to carrying them out. One of those steps is typically to check with the capologist to see what salary cap ramifications the move has.

I'm more inclined to think A, B or C betrayed the Dolphins on this matter. And that points directly to new senior vice president of football operations Dawn Aponte.

Aponte is Miami's new capologist. She started only three weeks ago after Matt Thomas, Miami's capologist the past dozen seasons, left to go to Cleveland. Thomas was hired in Cleveland by former Dolphins president Bryan Wiedmeier, who left to go to Cleveland in January.

Aponte, incidently, came from the Browns.

Call it a capologist trade of sorts.

[Quick aside: When Thomas was hired 12 years ago, I quizzed Wiedmeier about the hiring because I had gotten wind of it through league circles. He couldn't understand why I would be curious because, as he put it, "Your readers care about players and coaches, not administrators." I mostly agreed with him and still do today, which is the reason I only reported Aponte's hiring on my twitter page which you should follow. But when the work of administrators drifts into the lane of competitive advantage, I become interested.]

So now I'm interested.

Friday's error -- and don't be fooled, it was an embarrassing one noted around the NFL -- will be glossed over by the fact Porter will eventually be released or traded as I've been reporting for weeks.

But it nonetheless calls into question not only how much Miami will miss Thomas, but also to what degree Aponte is reliable. I don't want to sound harsh here, but if she can't get the routine termination of a veteran right, how can we be confident she can maneuver the coming maze of capped-uncapped-possible lockout issues facing the Dolphins, and every team, the next two years?

The NFL's horizon is littered with uncertainty about labor issues. We don't know what the new rules will look like in 2011, but every team wants people in place that will gain an expertise on the new issues virtually on the fly.

How can the Dolphins have confidence they will successfully navigate and, indeed, master those new issues in the future when they couldn't successfully cut a player under the old system on Friday?   


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Is cobra and miyagi the same?

NJ, you said you would not take kindle. I would like to know why we would not want him. I have to admit I have not studied him as much as witherspoon or graham, but, I think graham may be better suited in a 4-3.. can you say Patriots. They ran a 4-3 a lot more last year than in years past.

Armando, really....who cares...

I won't tell. figure it out. LOL ! ;)

No I am not Miyagi it is compliment for you to say so he is man of great honor. Thank you

I was also flatter to see that someone like my name enough to create spinoff name from cobra kai

Cobra, And Myagi are Aloco without the capital letters...

I bet porter signs with the JETS

Mouth , that was not me at 7:15. we have a jackA$$ imposter. this will be reported.


I know who cobra is... but who will own up to miyagi? Cuban Menace/Aloco/Donkey?

Or maybe it was a ploy to get more trade offers? Now teams know Porter is available and can be had for cheap.


not sure why so many people are so down on taylor mays i dont care about all the combine speak like this guys too stiff or that guy only has 4 toes etc i think mays is gonna be a great pro, every time ive seen him play hes always around the ball and making plays and i for one wouldnt mind seeing the fins take him

what are chemtrails suggesting?

I told you who mouth was fake or real mark? why do u not believe?

Hi , my name is home super bowl 2010 and i post under chemtrails from above because i believe the government is spraying us with chemtrails to wipe us out. I 've totally lost my mind and now i homeschool my son because he's also lost his mind with chemtrails . He stays home because i' an embarressment to the community. I /m a single man looking for a male companion. please call me. PS , i'm the one impostering NJ because i'm a freaking loser. Thanks.

what is cobra kai and miyagi anyway? are they wrestlers?

I guess we are all a little skitso! :) lol

Mouth , ignore me about Chemtrails, I'm a Chemtroll who believes the conspiracy that the Governmant is spraying the people with chemicals . I 'm just a nut job with no life. i also enjoy hairy balz and hairy men . It you see a NJ post that oesn't sound right , it's me impersonating him because i have no life and this is my fun. I also go my don't chentrail me , bro , HSB2010 , home super bowl and anything that has Chemtrail in it.

That's poring over, not pouring. Thought you might want to know.

what is it about hairy thing that turn u on

If you see any links with youtube/watch . ignore them . it's just me posting links to chemtrails because i'm a chemtroll . Guys call me . Happy Valentine's Day. xoxoxoxoxoxox

Hey troll... what do you want us to call you?

Chemtrails is "911 was a inside job" you remember this guy NJ???

I think he was stalking you in sept. and october....

You can call me chemtroll , HSB2010 , home super bowl 2010 but i like nutjob the best. watch out the governmant is spaying you with chemicals. look out you window. i'm kookoo , i'm kookoo . i'm kookoo. Just call me

here is a challenge...

no alter ego's after 6.

Yes , i do believe 9/11 was a inside job . my name is home super bowl 2010 and the watch out for the chemtrails.

yeb the troll is a nut

Terra Reid or Terra Patrick??????

I choose my wife!

I'm also the nutjob troll that impersonates NJ with all that TYPO TYPO TYPO stuff. I need help . I've run out of meds.

Mouth who is Cobra Kai?

the troll has a NJ feddish. Cuban better investigate. I bet the troll has a NJ mural on his bedroom wall.

you sensei

Outstanding analysis, Mando. Thanks for the good work.


Where are you mark?

why i feel some one is drinking and talking to himself .mando ?

mark, for nj to have all these blue names he would have to maintain many email addresses.

Mouth, I think our friend Chemtrails has plans for a NJ Body suit Ala Buffalo Bob of "Silence of the lambs", Watch out NJ....

Tara Reid

Yeah I think he is currently primping... like in the movie.

LOL...."It Puts the lotion on it's skin, or else it gets the hose again"......

fire her. hire me. seriously! id be all over that mug. id know the ins and outs of the cap situation. id memorizw each players salary and what it would cost to cut them based on what day of the week it is


that would be a tall task.

P.E.T.A better not find out about chemtrails lust for a NJ skin suit.....

so who is miyaji

so mando. you are saying there is 0 chance the fins did this on purpoise in order to barrass porter?

why cuban... what's wrong with goat skin?

CM, I do not think it is Aloco.

smirish, if they did it to embarrass porter, i think it embarrassed the organization more

I think he's eaten one to many Fermented meat ball subs. The poor delusional fool....

could be...

what would be your #12 pick menace?

This blog wears me out. You get lots of football talk sometimes but then have to sift through tons of name calling, imposters, non football posts etc.

I like to write more than just the "See Janet Run." type posts which apparently is the crime of the century.

Who the Fins actually end up choosing will shed light on who the Brass thinks is talented and whom gets passed over. We would do well to remember who hitched their stars to which players as all the guys we are talking about will go fairly early in the draft to some NFL team.

My top 3 most talented football players within the #12 area in order remain:

RB CJ Spiller

DE/OLB Brandon Graham

DT/NT Dan Williams

The Fins would do well with any of these 3.


I'd spray chemtrails on the dolphins if they took spiller.

we know u would

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