Joey Porter Would Be Perfect Fit With Jets

Bleacher ReportContributor IFebruary 13, 2010

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 21:  Linebacker Joey Porter #55 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after sacking quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts at Land Shark Stadium on September 21, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Colts defeated the Dolphins 27-23.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The Jets don't have the premier pass rusher to complete their defense. Joey Porter can fix that.

Porter isn't officially a free agent until the signing period begins next month, and when he is expect the Jets to be in hot pursuit of the veteran.

Porter, 32, racked up 17.5 sacks in 2008 and is tailor made for the 3-4. Bryan Thomas, 30, has done a respectable job but the Jets selected Vernon Gholston to eventually, alongside Calvin Pace, spark the pass rush.

Gholston hasn't had a single sack in his first two seasons.

Porter was being phased out in Miami last season, played in a rotation, and still tallied nine sacks, more than any Jet. Porter played all but three of his 11 seasons in the league with the Steelers

Porter is a Steelers product and has AFC North experience under his belt. He is outspoken and will bring even more physicality to the Jets. Rex Ryan would roll out the red carpet for Joey Porter.

Plus, the intensity Porter would bring could rub off on Vernon Gholston. 

Signing Porter would be a low risk, high reward situation. Porter has 26.5 sacks in the past two seasons. He can still get to the quarterback and has gas left in the tank. He has thrived in the 3-4 his whole career and desperately needs a change of scenery. 

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Porter would make the Jets linebackers elite, and instead of waiting for Gholston to come to the party (if he ever does). The Jets have the pieces in place for a bright future but they have to commit to winning now.

Rex Ryan declared they were built to win now but by trying to squeeze in the development of Mark Sanchez they almost contradicted themselves when Sanchez nearly threw away the season.

The Jets can't rely on Gholston, who hasn't even shown flashes of potential that justify picking him sixth overall, to be the pass rusher. And they can't pass up on a player like Porter.

The Jets need a pass rusher, but a cornerback and slot receiver are needs to be better addressed in the draft because of free agency restrictions. Porter fits the pass rushing profile perfectly, and the Jets can sign him because he is going to be released.  

Mike Tannenbaum, that's your cue.


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