Joey Porter To Visit the Washington Redskins

Josh McCainSenior Writer IMarch 17, 2010

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 21:  Offensive lineman Charlie Johnson #74 of the Indianapolis Colts tries to hold back linebacker Joey Porter #55 of the Miami Dolphins as quarterback Peyton Manning #18 sets to throw 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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Linebacker Joey Porter is scheduled to make a visit to Redskins Park this week in Ashburn, Virginia.

The former Miami Dolphin turns 33 this month and would a surprise pickup for the Redskins.

It has been known that the team was looking for an inside linebacker to play next to London Fletcher in the team's new 3-4 defense, and that isn't Porter, or at least that isn't where he's used to playing.

For the majority of his career he's been lining up as a right outside linebacker, and well, frankly, that is where Brian Orakpo plays for the Skins.

If the Skins signed Porter, who would make the switch?

If the team was smart, it would be Porter changing positions and not your first round pick from a year ago who had to already make the adjustment of lining up as a linebacker as opposed to his college position of defensive end.

It is really hard to say if this is could be a good signing for the Redskins. If they don't guarantee a lot of money and the deal is mostly incentives, then it could be a good situation.

However, the Miami Dolphins very publicly said they don't believe Porter has any gas left in the tank. Also, you have many claiming that he has off the field issues that a team would have to deal with.

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To be completely honest, it is hard to rate a signing until the season actually begins. If they sign Porter and he posts career numbers (or close to that), I say it was a great signing. On the flip side, if he has a mediocre to bad season, well then, it's just more of the same from Redskins Park.

If this were owner Dan Snyder and former Vice President of Player Operations Vinny Cerrato still running the show, I'd be pulling out my hair, but it's not.

It's Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan calling the shots now, and for at least this season (and maybe next), I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

I'm sure we'll hear more from Redskins Park after Porter makes his visit.


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