All-Pro Joey Porter Released by the Miami Dolpins: What's Next?

Mihir BhagatSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 12, 2010

According to, the Miami Dolphins granted Joey Porter his release today (Feb. 12). 

Porter joined the franchise in 2007, via free agency, when he signed a five-year, $32 million deal.

After struggling in his first year as a Dolphin, he had a career season in 2008, led the AFC with 17.5 sacks, and was awarded as an All-Pro selection. He was an primary reason the dismal 1-15 team completed a 180 degree turnaround into 11-5 AFC East champions. 

However, last season wasn't too great. Porter was criticized by the media for losing to the Patriots after calling out Tom Brady, and was suspended for one game by head coach Tony Sporano.

Then, during Super Bowl week, Porter went on Dolphins' flagship radio and publicly expressed his frustration with his reduced role and his shaky relationship with Coach Sporano. In addition, he explained how he wanted to be released rather than traded so that he could be given the opportunity to choose his next destination in hopes of being an every-down linebacker.

So now the big question is: what's next for the 4-time Pro Bowler?

At 32 years of age, he still has a few years left in the tank. It's likely that he will draw interest from 3-4 teams looking for veteran experience and leadership as well as a boost to their pass rush

In my mind, the New York Jets are the ideal fit for him. 

He will most likely want to go to a Super Bowl contender, and the Jets are definitely a championship caliber team as they have the top rushing offense, top defense, and played in the AFC Championship Game last season. In fact, the New York Jets remind me a lot of the the Pittsburgh Steelers team that won Super Bowl XL with Porter in '05.

In addition, it has been claimed that Porter and head coach Tony Sporano didn't have a great relationship. I think that, when looking over his options, a head coach that will respect him is going to be among his top priorities. Porter's fiery personality will mesh nicely with the Jets' head coach Rex Ryan's aggressiveness. 

Other possibilities include the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, and New England Patriots.

Whatever happens though, I wish Joey Porter the best of luck in the remainder of his NFL career.