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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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I am just glad he will be gone ! Miami has always been a team of class, from Shula to Griese and Marino to Duper to Moore AND Zach !!!

Speaking of whom, Zach should note be hired for one day to retire a Phin. He should be hired as their linebacker coach !!!

I am just glad he will be gone ! Miami has always been a team of class, from Shula to Griese and Marino to Duper to Moore AND Zach !!!

Speaking of whom, Zach should note be hired for one day to retire a Phin. He should be hired as their linebacker coach !!!

Greg, I agree. Hire Zach Thomas to get in Channing Crowder's *SS and show him how to lead the team in tackles every year.

I cannot believe you dopes think this HUGE error might have been committed on purpose, or that it was not intentional.


This has been a total, EPIC FAIL.

And NJ & his crew still cannot bring themselves to criticize the fronto ffice or Tuna.


nj and his crew.........funny

Dear Mr. Salguero

Just a little bit more about Dawn Aponte.

"Aponte joins the Dolphins after spending last season as Vice President, Football Administration with the Cleveland Browns"

"Prior to joining the league office, Aponte worked for the New York Jets for nearly 15 years in various capacities"

I can't imagine the strength and curage it must have took to endure 15 yrs of employment (prison) with the Jets.

Then she gets released to a halfway house (Cleveland) to serve the remaining year of her sentance.

I'm not sure what crime she committedd but I believe she has paid her dedt to society.

It can be tough for an ex con working their first job on the outside world.

I say we give her a break
Ex cons need love too

Soiled :)

Sepp blatter.. Right now I'm agreeing with u! People refuse to deny the dam facts.. This regime so far has done nothing better than the Cameron or wanstadt didn't do.. Yes sparano might be the best coach of the three and I am ok with his gameday coaching.. The dolphins management hasn't done sqat! We have had few drafts picks in the last five Years that have amounted to anything and so far parcels and this shmuck Ireland have done no better... They better wow the heck out of people with this draft because the franchise right now is very shaky.. Blaming some women for a screw up I'm releasing a loser player... Pathetic

2 additional explanations you leave out. I think you are unfair without getting her explanation.

1) There could be a gray area in the cap rules that Dolphins interpreted one way and league interpreted another. As some one else said, they may have done this to avoid the roster bonus. If this stuff is so simple and obvious, you could just put it on a computer spreadsheet and you would not need a capologist, 2) She is on the job 3 weeks. She did not know about something the prior guy did or she misinterpreted something the prior guy did.

Again, I think you need the Dolphins explaination before you say it is something bad.

nj and his crew ..... funny. posted by fake mark. DUUUUUHH ! I'm so stupid i think everything is funny Duhhhhh !! i said stupid ... funny. DUHHHHH!!

The only thing that is pathetic around here is the totally clueless jackaZZZ named CFfinfan.

Armando whoever has the reigns better be ready to pick up nuances of NFL legalese. I won't b a happy fan if someone in the office screws up our chances to get a player or something. Our strength is in the office (not on the field yet) so if we start making mental errors there we can kiss a successful season goodbye. If something like that scenario happens i wlll b one of many fans screaming for that persons job and the blacklisting of that person in the NFL job pool.

Hey soiled bottom How successful were those franchises (jets browns) while dawn was there? Not very? That's what I thought. No benefits of no doubts granted.

Most recent PFT heqadline: "Dansby has four team wish list" AND WE ARE ON IT!:

Giants, Chargers, Dolphins, and Redskins.

We must sign Dansby ASAP! Spare no expense!! The 2010 season & beyond depends upon a bold move in this direction.

Tuna & ireland: MAKE IT SO!!!

Yes indeedy! We must haz linebackers & Ross can afford it. He better sign Dansby on Day One of FA.

And,,,,,Dawn Aponte is a joke----we are butt of joke today due to Porter foul-up. She better get her shyte together toot sweet.

We have a fatso inept coach ("Let's let Ricky throw an interception, even though the Bills cannot stop him on the ground"), and a fatso inept president. We are the laughingstock of the league because we can't even cut a guy properly. It is really embarrassing. Even worse is the fact that we're cutting our best player! The Fat brothers rally need to be fired.

Dear Mr. Salguero

This was just brought to my attention

"How successful were those franchises (jets browns) while dawn was there? Not very? That's what I thought"

All I can think now is Dawn Aponte...Rogue Agent.

Planted in our organization to bring us down from within.

I've seen this kind of stuff before in the movies.....The Dawn Identity, The Dawn Ultimatum and The Dawn Supremacy.

Who hired her...Who Trained her...are we safe ?

Deeply concerned

Soiled :)

Fire Fat , get a f'n clue and there's 31 other teams in the league, Pick one and get lost jackazzzzzzzzz !!!

Personally, I think this move was to anger Joey Porter. The administration is full of professionals who know what they are doing (most of the time) with contracts and money. I think the Dolphins were playing Peezy's game, knowing they couldn't cut him yet, but decided to pull the trigger just to make it feel like Porter talked himself out of Miami.

Now Porter has three weeks to salivate on his actions.

There is a very simple explanation for what happened. Ms. Aponte is a woman, and as we all know women are terrible at math.

End of story.

Red Dawn!

everyone just shut up, fighting over joey, he is gone and it doesn't matter when or where. lets get on with whats important and thats the next draft and next season. lets get a couple of ILBs and a WR. keep jason and put him back to his position for next season anyway. i believe after this season the tuna will be gone and then we will just have the BIG 2. TN DOLFAN

Dear Mr. Nathaniel Dodsworth

"Ms. Aponte is a woman, and as we all know women are terrible at math."

"Some prominent female mathematicians are Hypatia of Alexandria (ca. 400 AD), Labana of Cordoba (ca. 1000), Ada Lovelace (1815–1852), Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718–1799), Emmy Noether (1882–1935), Sophie Germain (1776–1831), Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850–1891), Alicia Boole Stott (1860-1940), Rózsa Péter (1905–1977), Julia Robinson (1919–1985), Olga Taussky-Todd (1906–1995), Émilie du Châtelet (1706–1749), and Mary Cartwright (1900–1998).

Anyone of these ladys would have made a fine Capologist

Soiled :)


Although that is a very true statment there are still triple the amount of women in accounting than men!!

Mando there really must not be anything going on for you to report this!! Hey everyone makes mistakes, give her a break!! The Dolphins aren't gonna lose any draft picks or be penalized in any way! Yes it was embarassing ,but every franchise has their day! Now if she makes another boo boo in the coming months then this should raise eyebrows, but gimme a break she's been there three weeks!! How many mistakes did you make your first three weeks at the Herald???

Duuuuhhhh !! nj and his crew ..funny . mark . Duhhhhhh !! hee haw hee haw hee haw, funny . hee haw that's funny.

Fu**ing hilarious. So now I'm banned from your bitchfest blog for speaking my mind about your personal feelings against the team? WOW. "I mean, seriously, talk about adding stink to a pile of trash". Wouldn't that statement hold true for me as well? Don't I just add stink to a pile of trash by posting in here? Whatever :). Good luck in the locker room next season, I'm sure the players that give you interviews appreciate your assesment of their talent. And I LOVVVEEEEE the woman comment you posted anonymously and only hope I run into you at one of the games so we can have a REAL discussion about your agenda to undermine the Dolphins management through your blog. Maybe we can also hash out who the woman is out of the two of us. "Boo hoo hoo they won't talk to me so I'm going to go out of my way fabricating problems no matter how meaningless they may be in an effort to turn their own fans against them. I'll show them who the real man is and they'll be sorry they didn't treat me better, waah!", cried Armando.

Hey Soiled, I notice that Ada Lovelace made the list but Linda didn't. Was this an oversight?

Hell, I can always badmouth you in Omars blog so it's all good. After all you continually let posters degrade Omar in here, so I'm sure he won't mind me doing the same.

What a joke. Where's the Tuna now. The guy might have had a football mind 15 years ago, but get with the times people. The guy is a dinosaur and obviously certain things(like salary cap rules) have passed him. Does anyone out there think this would happen to a franchise like The Patriots, or The Colts. Hell, even Al Davis and his disfunctional sweatsuit knows the rules. In any buisness, you are only as strong as your leadership at the top, and obviously ours is sad.

Also, you missed one Mando, LouD at 5:35 was also me. You might want to delete that one as well.

Dear Mr. Cocoajoe

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852)

Was the great grandmother of Linda Lovelace who was also famous with numbers...but only in units of 12 inches and how she could take those 12 inches and make them disappear.

Soiled :)

And now I'm allowed to sign in so it must have been a computer error. But you still deleted my posts ya jerk!:) This will have to be short as I am trying to remove my foot from my mouth. I really just wish you would come out and tell the truth about your feelings about the way you've been treated. Stop beating around the bush with little jabs and write something of substance on the matter. If you've been wronged let everyone know.

The FINS should do everything they can to get NDAMUKONG SUH. He is the REAL DEAL.

Soiled, I think I see now. Our system is based on base 10. Linda's mistake was a unsuccessful attempt to replace that system with base 12.


"Our system is based on base 10"

Your a lucky man my friend.

I've always had to have a system based on a base of 2 1/2 to 3 if I was lucky, basically based on a a base system

Soiled :)

Zach Thomas said he would love to sign with the Dolphins on a one day deal so that he can retire a Dolphin. I'm the last person Mando would ever do a favor for but it would be awesome if someone wrote a story on this just to get the word around and put pressure on Parcells and Ireland to do the right thing. Zach Thomas is and will always be the man and he is sorely missed. He gave his heart and sould to this franchise and it's hard to imagine the Dolphins ever again finding a player that will love this team as much as he did. We miss you Zach!!!!

NY Scott , he first threaten armando , now he kissing his azzzzzz. You threaten armando to kick his azzzz, Ny scott you need help, take your meds and seek anger manangement, also seek mental health help.

Nyscott, get lost and go to the SS and cry about armando. jackazzzzzzzzzz !!

Dear Mr. NY Scott

There may have been a problem with Typepad sign in and your posts being posted

I have problems in the past myself

Option F. She was caught up making Parcells sammich and fetching coffee.

This is a mere blip on the screen and what is talked about when there is no real football going on..

Dear Mr NY Scott. please seek help.

I love how virtually everyone tells me to get lost every time I say we need to fire Fat Sparano, and/or fire Fat Parcells. I forgot how awesome these two guys have been. I forgot how many championships they have brought to the Dolphins. I forgot how many playoff wins they've delivered to us.
yes, I am mistaken. All you guys who support the Fatso Brothers are correct, and I am the wrong one. Why don't you morons wake up and quit supporting coaches just the media says they are good football men. THEY ARE NOT, and their success rate (Zero) with the Dolphins proves it.

Who do you suggest Pacells and Sparano are replaced with?

"Option F. She was caught up making Parcells sammich and fetching coffee."

Bill Parcells (dressed in dirty wife beater tee shirt, Sponge bob underwear, black socks)
reads this post....turns to Dawn Aponte and says....Didn't I tell you once already to keep your trap shut.

Soiled :)

Mrs. Aponte needs to be introduced to the guys at milfhunter.com

We are all witness to NYscott valentine day meltdown. He so alone and mad when he can no sign in. Why o why Mando no be he valentines?

Pricemaster you have a no discipline. You must learn how overcome temptation of flesh especially for ugly lady can't do math.

Why she try do salary cap instead of making sammich anyway?

Ny scott need a woman to get laid. he need mental health help. he all alone. he need jis meds

Fire Fat , you sound like you have a fat fetish. do you like fat guys ?? give rex ryan a call. i guess you like fat hairy butts and fat hairy balzz too. These guys have been here only 2 years and have made the playoffs in one of them, How long did it take bill cowher to win his first super bowl >> get a f'n clue and good luck with your fat guys.


So Soiled, based on what you're saying, there's no basis for a base 10 or base 12 system. Just trying to cover all the bases.

Mark = Aloco in caps. aloco talking to himself as mark.


Typical of the Obama administration but...I question...what is the Big Tuna doing...jerking off?

Dear Mr. Cocoajoe

May I call you Cocoajoe ?

What I'm saying is Linda Lovelace although a fine mathamatician in her time, was scorned bye other women.

Her ability to take a unit based on either 10 or 12 inches and make them vanish stunned the womens mathamatic's community.

Over night Linda became an instant success in the male mathamatic's community.

Other women Jealous of her math abilities scorned her and ruined her reputation as a serious mathamatcian.

Soiled :)

must a slow football day

Is this what i have to look forward to until the draft?! Jeesh.

For those slammin obama. Get on youtube and enter keywords 'republican house obama question time'. If you have a mind of your own watch the whole thing. ... My favorite line "dont vote against the stimulus and then show up at the ribbon cutting photo op." Lol!

Soiled, by all means. The ability to make base 10 or 12 units vanish is indeed a lost art. Although getting older and maybe lost a step, she continues to amaze with base 8 and 10.

Those other women are typical of the jealousy that is rampant among women mathematicians. The truth will come out some day.

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