Joey Porter Wants To Play For The Chargers

A frustrated Joey Porter joined WQAM in Miami and vented his frustrations with the Dolphins organization. Porter explains his frustrations stem from a broken relationship with the coaching staff, saying he was blacklisted in a sense and kept out of games during crucial times as punishment. Feeling underutilized and unwelcome in Miami, Porter is seeking an exit and has identified the San Diego Chargers as a potential fit for him.

There is no question Joey Porter is a fiery individual, outspoken and passionate. But Porter backs up his talk with production.

A four-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl Champion with the Steelers, Porter has 92 sacks in his illustrious 11 year career; 32 of those sacks came in his three year stint as a Dolphin. But Porter felt his role was significantly reduced last year, and says the Dolphins never gave him a real explanation.

"I feel like I'm an every down player," says Porter. "I'm supposed to be out there on the field when the game's on the line, not on the sideline. I was on the sideline in the fourth quarter of games cheering. Just a year ago I was the guy winning those games. I don't know what happened. But at the same time, if that's how they're using me, I feel it's best to let me leave and help some other football team that can use me."

Porter explains it's not a matter of money or contract issues. He just wants to be out there on the football field, not on the sidelines.

"I'm not asking for anything different. I'm not asking for any more money. I'm asking to play."

A nagging hamstring set him back out of the blocks in 2009, but in the final seven games of the season, Porter recorded a sack in every game. And just two seasons ago, Porter led the league with 17.5 sacks. He is convinced his abilities have not diminished and that he can still be highly productive. But at this point, his relationship with the Miami Dolphins appears past repair. Porter says he can't trust the organization and that it would be best if they would just release him.

Wanting to stay close to his home state of California, and also wanting to stay in a 3-4 defense, Porter identified some potential fits out West.

"San Diego, Arizona, San Fransisco. Those are good fits. I feel they can use my services."

Source: WQAM


Should the Chargers take a chance on Joey Porter? Would he provide the veteran leadership that the Chargers need on defense? As one of the final 8 playoff teams, the Chargers can only sign one free agent - does Porter fit that equation?

February 2, 2010

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Anonymous said... Feb 3, 2010, 4:37:00 AM


Nahum said... Feb 3, 2010, 9:39:00 AM

YESSSS Definitely!! We need leadership on defense. Ever since Donnie Edwards left, we haven't had that leadership. Yea we have Jamal Williams, but defensive linemen aren't really leaders on defense, in my opinion. Joey Porter, Super Bowl Winner, can provide the right leadership, and can definitely bring that extra fire we've been lacking since Donnie Edwards left.
I hope we sign him, he could help out with the younger linebackers like Dobbins, and Siler who are already good. We NEED a guy like him.

Anonymous said... Feb 3, 2010, 10:23:00 AM

Yes The Chargers should. he would Be very good for our team.he will help us get to the super bowl.I am very big chargers Fans.

Anonymous said... Feb 3, 2010, 10:47:00 AM

Porter a Charger?! Not likely, considering he'll be 33 years-old this coming season, was benched some in '09, has declining numbers and was shot outside a Denver bar a few years back (i.e. "character" issue red flag). It is also likely that he would also want "guaranteed money" up front, so it doesn't seem possible that A.J. would make a move for that kind of "leadership" despite Porter's 4 Pro Bowl appearances.
The only way I can envision the Bolts signing Porter is if they get rid of Merriman (at least) AND finally decide that the other linebackers already on the roster are just so weak in pass coverage (as they sometimes are) that they will never improve enough to be viable starters. If so, that would open the gates to wholesale changes. Personally, I continue to hope that somehow otherwise significant contributors like Siler and Dobbins can finally learn how to defend the pass as well as they do the run.

Anonymous said... Feb 3, 2010, 12:13:00 PM

yea, joey, u want 2 b a monster in the middle?,,,, u got the job,, now i can draft a running back

Anonymous said... Feb 3, 2010, 12:47:00 PM

Easy solution. Trade Merriman for Porter.

Anonymous said... Feb 3, 2010, 1:29:00 PM

Sign him. NOW

Anonymous said... Feb 3, 2010, 2:27:00 PM

we need to get rid of merriman. i thought he was going to be the god of the chargers, but these last couple of seasons have shown different. if we bring porter he can lead with experience and also help bring up larry english. wouldnt hurt, unless he wants big dont have

Brandon Chezbro said... Feb 3, 2010, 2:51:00 PM

As a Dolphins fan, Porter still has it, and from an interview that I watched the other day, he's just not happy in Miami because they're not letting him play enough. HE LED THE LEAGE 2 SEASONS AGO IN SACKS!!!! He's a leader, and he has that FIRE that we need on the defensive side. He said he's not looking for more money, just more playing time...SIGN HIM AJ!!!

Erico Retuya said... Feb 3, 2010, 4:13:00 PM

absoultely sign this guy. we need a fiery leader on defense and he would be a great addition to our team. I can see him tearin it up on the field too. He is gettin up there in age, so i say sign up to a one-year deal with a team option for 2011. AJ, please get this done..

Anonymous said... Feb 3, 2010, 5:50:00 PM

wow, Trade Merriman for Porter? R U freaking dumb? Merriman is only 25, coming off an injury and still played a hella of a season. Did you guys forget how a 34 defense works?? Our pass rushers stuggles rushing the passer because we didn't have that anchor at NT. You know, that big wall named Jamal Williams. Williams will be back, Merriman will be healthy and he will once again be the most feared rusher in the league. Trade Merriman for Porter, thats so dumb. I bet the Dolphins would love for that to happen..lmao.

Anonymous said... Feb 3, 2010, 7:26:00 PM

Sorry to say it, but don't count on much from Jamal Williams this next season. No doubt he was one of the greatest Chargers ever to put on the pads, and I hope he goes to the Hall of Fame; but he just too, too old and infirm to count on at this point in his career.
It doesn't diminish his great career or contributions, but let's be real here. The Bolts need major upgrades in both the D-line and (to a lesser degree) the O-line if they hope to stay in the upper crust.

clevelandlewis said... Feb 3, 2010, 9:11:00 PM

joey porter in the middle woooooooooo lock down defense a stone cold killer get him cut him lose watch him eat up runnin backs &i dare any1 to catch a pass across the middle

Anonymous said... Feb 3, 2010, 9:32:00 PM

the game is won in the trenches. if defense wins games. i would get some fresh meat up on the line, and of course sign porter and move philips to the middle. merriman and porter on the edges, philips and siler in the middle. people would be afraid to play us.

Anonymous said... Feb 4, 2010, 1:21:00 PM

Toally agree about the situation of JamalW - if he can come back and play at a 50% level of his past years, that would be a bonus. We need to keep Merriman - if he cannot recover from his injury and be the premier edge rusher, he still has the fire - perhaps his future is in the middle.

Sign Porter? If the price is right, but LB is the least of our worries, assuming we keep #56.

Stephen said... Feb 4, 2010, 10:42:00 PM

He is the kind of player that could take us from just a playoff team to a superbowl team. Porter + first round DT splitting time with J Williams + Majority of starters from this year = dominate run defence with good pass defence and a superbowl berth

Anonymous said... Feb 5, 2010, 2:38:00 AM

Wow i love merriman just like the next charger fan but his season this year wasnt the best(yes i know he had a knee surgery)and ever since he was caught jucing he hasnt been the same and his body is falling apart. and if Aj smith sticks to his track record (i.e. Jr Seau,Rodney Harrison) he will get rid of Merriman and LT and we will prob get rid of someone else that is a huge part of the team. Porter would be Awesome in the Powder Blue..his intensity is nasty and everyone knows it...who cares how old he is how old was Seau and Harrison and where did they go "Pats" Bill Belicheat is the master at signing the vets and getting to the playoffs and superbowl's. Mark my words Merriman and LT will be gone...Just like Rice leaving the 49ers and Emmit leaving the cowboys, LT is leaving the chargers as sad as it is its happening...AJ Smith is the man at signing guys but a complete dousche when it comes to keeping them..Brees

Anonymous said... Feb 5, 2010, 11:59:00 AM

Porter is a loud mouth idiot. All the playing ability in the world won't overcome that. No thanks.

Mark said... Feb 9, 2010, 8:31:00 AM

Trade Merriman for Porter and sign Julius Peppers, then dump Jyles Tocker.
Do it, AJ!!

Anonymous said... Feb 10, 2010, 8:55:00 PM

joey porter is the kind of mouth we need in san diego
ALL about team ....
No Juice , No tequila,, No productive Merriman
Ill trade a washed up 56 for another top notch 55 any day

Anonymous said... Feb 12, 2010, 8:37:00 PM

Now that Porter has been released by Miami, we don't have to trade anyone. He would be the leader our defense needs. Just imagine a linebacker core of Merriman, Cooper, Porter, and Philips. This could potentially be what we need to get over the hump.

Shane said... Feb 12, 2010, 9:41:00 PM

Merriman, Cooper, Porter and Phillips? What?
I dont see how Porter fits considering he's an outside linebacker. Anyways I believe we should keep Merriman and not trade him. He will essentially be playing for a new contract and the injury he suffered to his knee ligaments usually doesn't allow an athlete to be fully recovered until their second year back. He will be dominate once again, just wait.
Brandon Siler is going to be one heck of a player for us and probably take over a leadership roll on this defense. Im excited to see him knock heads next year!

Anonymous said... Feb 17, 2010, 2:52:00 PM

Fellow Charger Fans, do you see & hear like I do! San Diego is now on every player in the NFL wish list to be traded to. Why even if we haven't won thw Super Bowl yet, players want to come to San Diego. Why? because we are winners! Great City, and great weather, natural turf! Just hope A.J. takes advantage of this,to get some good players.

Anonymous said... Mar 6, 2010, 8:03:00 AM

No sign porter, trade merriman for a second round pick? Sounds good to me.

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