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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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Soiled Bottom,

You list some prominent female mathematicians throughout history. I am also certain that throughout history there have been some fine Korean opera singers, some outstanding Jewish offensive lineman (e.g. Ed Newman), and some wonderful Norwegian rap artists. Nevertheless, these are exceptions which prove the rule. And the rule is, women should wear lingerie to seduce me, use meats and poultry to feed me, and carry lots of Band-Aids to make my boo boos all better. But they should stay away from math.

Fire fat parcells, u win the award for As"hole poster of the day HANDS down...Parcells has been here TWO years, what did u expect, a miracle?? Dolphins has suked for a long time cause of people like Saban, wandstadt etc... Parcells is here to build a team that will compete for years to come...his record is unmatched, if u want instant gratification go jerk off in ur Marino jersey...idiot

and now we have nathaniel talking to himself as soiled bottom as nj did earlier ..........very funny we should call this blog ((((( talk to me please )))))) .

it's funny some people didn't even finish high school as nathaniel talking MATH >......

Oh yeah, ALoco? Well I'm rubber and you're glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to Soiled Bottom's soiled bottom.


Will Allen "I will start for the Miami Dolphins next year" try FS maybe lol

Day 2 of the Dawn Aponte - Joey Porter disaster.

And yet NJ still refuses to comment on this under his own name.

she'll fit right in

Mr. ALoco,

Yes, it's true. I talk to myself. But I am a married man who, after eating chinese food tonight, will be having marital relations with my marital wife.

You, on the contrary, have no one to spend Valentine's Day with.

So while it's true I talk to myself, unlike you, I don't play with myself.

Longtime Nathaniel Dodsworth fans will be shocked to see the nastiness of the above comment, but ALoco asked for it.

P.S. My wife lets me do all the math.

Mistake I don't think so-there is no penalty,no fine.Joey you want your release-you got it,no sorry you can wait 3 more weeks.That lets the other 31 teams know I can have him for a 7th rd pick and he is already under contract.Porter hates New England, how about their lowest 7th rd pick-play or retire.


Yeah Nathaniel, hear what you're saying about Norwegian rap groups. Really like 50 Krone and that Swedish group, 'Lil Krieg.

I love the huge round a s s e s of the women speed skaters.

It's the slender upper body that makes the huge round a s s of the female speed skater really look good.

Can I get a witness?


This NASCAR stuff sure is RIVETING!! I can't take much more excitement!!

is car racing 50 times a in circles is a sport ?

ALoco, when you lie the Baby Jesus cries (in addition to disallowing Miami Dolphin attempts to drop outside linebackers with disciplinary problems).

is car racing 50 times a in circles is a sport ?

Posted by: the diamond |

Setting aside that debate (of course, the answer is "no")...

BUT it'd be WAY better than watching a buncha dudes trying to fix a freaking pothole!!

is football a sport ?

Not the way we played it the last three games of the season!

Dear Mr. Salguero

Quick health tip

Haveing trouble sleeping ?

Watch todays Nascar broadcast.

I turned on the Race...next thing I knew I was refreshed and an hour had passed by.

Soiled :)

Bleecher has us taking Brandon Graham at 12...too high for him. We might want to think about trading down gentlemen

Aloco is always talking to himself . He has no one in his life. He's a Lonely little boy. Poor poor sad little boy Aloco. it's so sad.

Maybe aloco needs to hook up with NY scott. the two make for a nice couple, 2 nutso's.

nyscott is a cool dude
if he has a beef its with mando.
any other big names get the ax today?

Aloco girlfriend name Kris

cobra kai . who's the man and who's the woman between the 2. I say kris is te woman.



This error on Miami's part is rather embarassing.....This new capologist better be on her way out with one more embarassing gaffe...we really should not be accepting anyone from the hapless Cleveland organization, except if his name is Josh Cribbs....

It funny aloco taking to heself again as mark cobra kai and he self. koo koo koo koo, hee haw hee haw


aloco + cobra kai + mark = sad lonely boy.

This guy not stupid enough to be real mountain goat moonshine boy westvafins

I am not lonely I own dojo full of pupil

It's funny how aloco and cobra kai show up at the same time. Hee haw.

Nothing since 7:57?????

I seriously do love little boys.

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