Joey Porter’s contract is easy to dump

AP

The Cardinals said earlier this offseason they weren’t ready to cut linebacker Joey Porter, but it will be easy to do so if they don’t like what they see in training camp.

Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com points out that Porter is guaranteed $1 million in 2011, but it’s only guaranteed for injury, not skill.  So if Porter stays healthy in camp, the Cardinals could cut him without facing any financial penalty.

Porter is due $5.75 million in 2011.  It’s hard to imagine he’ll be worth that money no matter how he looks in camp, so the Cardinals may not want to risk him getting hurt and just cut their losses when the lockout ends.

7 responses to “Joey Porter’s contract is easy to dump

  1. Everyone complains about player salaries, but half the time they sign players to hefty contracts they have no intention of honoring. If they didn’t think he’d be worth that money at his age “no matter how he looks in camp,” why did they offer it to him? If he can still be an asset and looks good coming out of camp, why not offer him a one-year deal for less money instead of cutting him outright?

  2. Deb says:
    Jun 14, 2011 11:59 AM
    Everyone complains about player salaries, but half the time they sign players to hefty contracts they have no intention of honoring. If they didn’t think he’d be worth that money at his age “no matter how he looks in camp,” why did they offer it to him? If he can still be an asset and looks good coming out of camp, why not offer him a one-year deal for less money instead of cutting him outright?

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    Mainly because he sucked last year. Paying him the minimum would be overpaying for what he brought to the field last season.

  3. @kingdm8 …

    I said “If he can still be an asset and looks good coming out of camp …” Obviously if he’s no longer an asset, there’s nothing to discuss.

  4. Deb says:
    Jun 14, 2011 2:58 PM
    @kingdm8 …

    I said “If he can still be an asset and looks good coming out of camp …” Obviously if he’s no longer an asset, there’s nothing to discuss.
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    I wasn’t really disagreeing with you, just adding to your point.

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