On Monday, Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter requested a trade.
On Tuesday, Porter attempted to dictate where he’ll go.
The 33-year-old informed Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
that he wants to play for a team in his home state of California
that utilizes the 3-4 defensive scheme.
Just two teams fit the profile: the Chargers and 49ers. Neither is especially in need of an outside rusher. San Francisco tied for third in the NFL in sacks
last season, while San Diego used its 2009 first-round pick on Larry English. English was a backup as a rookie.
Porter’s best bet might be Arizona. The Cardinals run the 3-4, and are likely to lose impending free agent OLB Chike Okeafor. The team’s primary nickel rusher, Bertrand Berry, has retired
Meanwhile, Gregg Rosenthal caught a glimpse of Dolphins inside linebacker Channing Crowder at Super Bowl Media Day. Rosenthal made sure to hide his PFT badge so Crowder wouldn’t deck him.
Crowder also told Omar Kelly that he believes Porter has plenty left in the tank.
We don’t doubt that Porter could help a team as a situational pass rusher. He had nine sacks in 2009. The question is whether he’s willing to be one, and his comments to Jim Rome on Monday
indicate that he isn’t.