When linebacker Joey Porter went on injured reserve with the Cardinals in December, it seemed like a good bet that his career was over.
Porter confirmed that on Wednesday, telling Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that his knee problems weren’t getting any better and that he couldn’t play at a high enough level to justify extending his career any longer. Porter also told Rapoport that he’s spoken to Steelers brass about signing a one-day contract so he can retire as a member of the team he spent eight years playing for during his career.
“I plan on retiring this year,” Porter said. “I already talked to the Steelers, put some plans together on signing with the Steelers and retiring as a Steeler. It was a good career. I have no regrets about nothing.”
Porter made three Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl while a member of the Steelers and was named to their all-time team. He added another Pro Bowl berth during his three years with the Dolphins before knee injuries sapped him of his skills over the last two years with Arizona. Porter was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2000s and finishes with 98 career sacks, good for 30th on the all-time list.