« Are the Dolphins close to Saints, Colts? No! | Main | Karlos Dansby has an eye on the Dolphins »

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?   


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The failure of Porter's termination a concern:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Rob you have to admit it is knda fun sometimes to read all the alter ego posts. It is like a comic book.... so predictable.


I would be willing to say "If this was a glaring error" as Mando is asserting, The person responsible has spent more then a few uncomfortable minutes in the bosses office over the past several hours. I doubt the management will suffer a second "Glaring mistake noticed league wide" ....
The job she was hired to do is not one that requires football background and mad coaching skills. If she cannot balance the books, and manage the salary numbers of less than 100 people... particularly when the numbers are so clearly prescribed.... I am certain Ross/Parcells/Ireland will find someone who can. This is not a issue that should have Tony S.'s name anywhere near it.
Unless she can demonstrate she can do the job without further issue...
Fire Her!!!!!! and get someone who knows what the hell is going on.

Three weeks on the job and this happens.Talk about a rookie mistake.Good article Armando.

Rob if CJ was around in the 2nd or 3rd I would be tempted to snatch him up.


Actually I prefer football chat myself. Just like if this were a political forum (As some think it is anyways) I would come here for political content... etc, etc.


This was stupid on the dolphins part now other teams know that the dolphins are going to cut him regardless sobteams are going to low ball on trade offers

CJ will make some team very happy. I got to see him play in the Music City Bowl. He is very explosive.

Sorry Typo, McClain


I would too but, he aint gettin out of the 1st round. 3rd round is comical.

McCluster is the guy that might make it into the 3rd due to his diminuative size.


I do not know if McCluster will make it in the nfl as a rb, maybe, slot reciever.

He had a killer game in the Music City Bowl.

Just such a huge mismatch for most any would be tackler in space.

If the Fins picked him up...the ones that didn't commit suicide would end up being more than pleasantly suprised.

Just Spiller... Not him and his family. LOL


Jncrdn , you sound like you inhaled alot of chemtrails. porter had no trade value before this mishap.

McCluster will end up being a move around guy, a few touches at RB in certain formations, some WR looks, some special teams play.

He did run a bunch in the SEC and still is in one piece.

Definitely don't see him anywhere north of 10-15 snaps at RB per game in the NFL.


The Menace is quite tonight and so is NJ.

I wonder how McClust would do a a kick returner punt returner? he could bring value on special teams and a role player on offense to us. I wonder if he will be around in the 4th.

Actually it appears that Dawn is not a rookie.She's been around the block,having worked for the Jets for 15 years before she landed a job in the NFL office.Don't know how this could have happened with all of her experience.Maybe she's a die hard Jets fan,who knows?

Just cut JP on march 5th.The END.

Mouth. How's it going in Nashville?

I doubt any team is going to offer anything for JP knowing that all they have to do is wait.

If a team wants Porter and thinks they would pay more after he is cut, they would want to make a deal to lock in his cost. I do not think that will happen as Miami was set to cut him loose and I am sure they did their diligence for a possible trade over the last several weeks.

Life is as good as it gets down here I guess. Wife, Kids, Job. Other than that I have no life. Some of these posters are my only source of entertainment. Ar ya'll expecting Snow up there tomorrow?

They say snow is coming Sunday night. Same as you this is good entertainment when I'm home. I'm just a huge Phin fan and don't claim to be an expert so I mostly offer my opinion. There are some posters who seem to have good knowledge

Give it a rest. Who cares if he was released before he could legally be released. The Dolphin's management is on top of things and he is gone regardless of NFL policy. Who gives a rat's ***. Porter is such a whiner and cry baby. Maybe Coach "fat belly" with the Jets will pick him up. At least that will pit him up against Mr Long who will mow his sorry *** in the ground. Na na na na, na na, na na, hey hey hey goodbye.

We supposed to get 1-3. I hope not. I work for the State and Monday is a holiday. If it snows it seems the whole city shuts down, then, its to the Mando blogs for a look. Do you follow the Vols?

Self employed so if it snows I have to decide if its safe enough to open the ofc. I keep an eye on the Vols but really follow Michigan since I graduated from there.
I used to dread the offseason but now its not so bad since there is so much stuff going on

I ran a small business for 18 years before the State thing. My wife still runs that. I feel your pain and your pleasure.

Don't chemtrail me , bro.

we should cut the idiot capologist... BP and Ross need to get on it!

So, how does a Michigan Grad survive in Knoxville. Michigan and Tennessee could form an interesting out-of-conference rivalry if the to leagues could get together.

I know this is not football related but...Apollo Ono just whupped sum ass in the Winter Games...anyone else watching ?

did he set a record. I have been preocupied with my son.

My wife works with me
I sure hope this draft helps to fill ours needs. List is so long. Maybe the Trifecta can find a trading partner(?SF) and move down picking up extra picks. IMHO needs are ILB, NT, WR, FS and I hope wherever they pick they grab the best available athlete to fill a need without reaching.
Your take?

He's on again in just a few....on NBC

He blew the field away his first run.....nobody was close to him...won by 1/4 to 1/3 lap ahead of pac

Apollo racing now in semi's


Brandon Graham would be quite a reach at #12.

Until recently SEC dominated Big Ten until Henne had the Bowl win over Fla

People actually care about the winter olympics? ;)

I've been hearing that the cardinals were asking for porter and a 3rd for boldin but why trade now when they can wait and sign him which would work seeing how he wants to play out west closer to his family , so yeah chemtrails

We're getting sprayed with chemicals by the government and you're worrying about apollo ono, what kind a job one has and the draft ??. I'm home super bowl 2010 .

What kind of chemicals? Some chemicals are good and occur naturally... THC for example... I would welcome being sprayed with THC concentrate every once and a while...

You were hearing wrong about porter and a 3rd for boldin. Wake up , we're getting sprayed by chemtrails.


Very similar take on needs, except, I would add OLB. I would like to see us pick, LB OLB, NT, TE, WR, FS. I am not sure exactly who that could be, but, then again I am just a goverment worker. I reaaly like Rolondo McClain from Ala. and Dan Williams from TN. I do not see how we could grab both, but, if we could I would be a very happy person.

Me and my wife could not get along at work. We were always butting heads. I fired her 3 time:) roflol.

I too have fired my wife numerous times (lmao)

I too like Dan Williams having seen him here. I would be happy seeing him in a dolphins uniform but not at #12. Although, some of what I'm reading from so called experts have him moving up the boards. You're right that we probably could'nt land McClain and Williams

Last season I had a road trip planned to Nash to go to the Titans:Phins game, but it fell thru

My blood runneth aqua and orange regardless.

"People actually care about the winter olympics"

I waiting for the Ice Fishing competition right now.

I went to a titans phis game in the early 2000's in Nashville. The Dolphins wipped the Titans. There were several of us on the 10 yard line in the corner on the visitors side. It was sooo quiet in the stadium the defense could hear us chanting Defense. Daryl Gardener was egging us on and even at one point Zack Thomas look over at us in between defensive plays and was waving his hands for us to keep it going. We were the 12th man and i firmly believe we helped energize the fins that day. Awesome experience.


go watch some curling.

The Slo Mo camera work on speed skate short trac is awsome

I'll plan to be there the next time the Phins come to Nash.
I'll be checking back later.

Me like Dolphins
Football talk

Brandon Graham?

Hell yes, if you can get him as a late 2nd rounder.

Thank You Odin! Not at 12!

My bad...Ice Fishing is an X games competition

Mouth of the south , you're delusional if you thought you helped maimi win that day. To much chemtrails for you.


I always watch the women's figure skating.

Although I have been somewhat disapointed this year, with the style of undergarments that seem to be "in".

Whoever said Dawn Aponte was "smokin hot" is one sick sob! LMFAO!

troll, I was there I know we energized them. you, my friend, are a wack job. Just sit back and sip on whatever you holding.

Winter Games.REALLY.

« 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 »

The comments to this entry are closed.