Joey Porter Arrested, Miami Dolphins Dodge Bullet

Chris ReadContributor IMarch 28, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Linebacker Joey Porter #55 of the Miami Dolphins looks down as the last few moments of the game tick away against the Pittsburgh Steelers calls out a play at the line of scrimmage at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-24.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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You'll have to excuse Tony Sparano and the rest of the Miami Dolphins organization if they are breathing a sigh of relief today...and maybe even chuckling a bit.

Authorities in Bakersfield, Ca., are reporting that troubled linebacker Joey Porter of the Arizona Cardinals has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and is also being accused of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.  

While this comes at a very bad time for Porter, who just signed a three-year, $17.5 million contract with the Cardinals, it seems the Miami Dolphins just dodged a massive bullet.

The Dolphins brass has been extremely disappointed with their players' conduct so far in this offseason. The Associated Press quotes coach Tony Sparano as saying "I'm not happy with any of this. That is for sure, I'm absolutely not happy with any of it. Any time any player, anybody, brings a negative light to the organization in any way, I'm not happy about it."

Ronnie Brown became the third Dolphin to get arrested in the last two months when he was picked up for drunk driving on March 20. He was tipping the scales at twice the legal limit.

In the month of February, CB Will Allen was arrested for a DUI, and DT Tony McDaniel was accused of domestic violence.

Porter gained a reputation as a loud mouth within the Miami dressing room and was released at the beginning of the Free Agency period.

After the Dolphins signed former Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby, Porter turned around and signed with the Cardinals. I, personally, will take that trade any day of the week and it seems like the Dolphins are getting an early last laugh.

As for the other arrested Dolphins, Miami will wait for the legal system's decisions before deciding what to do with them. They did, however, not rule out cutting a player following an arrest.

I think it's safe to say that Ronnie Brown ain't going anywhere.