Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter reportedly told a radio station in his hometown of Bakersfield, California that he doesn’t want to return to the Dolphins in 2010.
And that’s a prudent position for him to take, because we have consistently heard over the past six weeks that Porter will not be asked to return.
Ethan Skolnick of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel recently disclosed some of the factors driving the team toward cutting ties with Porter. For example, Skolnick says that Porter has a reputation for refusing to exit the game when a replacement enters. Skolnick says that Porter continued this behavior even after Porter was essentially suspended with pay for Miami’s game against Tampa Bay.
At one point, the team stopped even trying to bring him out, in part because the team “did not want to rock the Joey boat.”
Bottom line? As we heard in the wake of that one-game suspension, Porter’s performance no longer outweighs the problems he causes. And so the team knows it’s time for him to go.
And so Porter will say that he’s the one who wanted out. Even though there’s likely no one else who would pay him the $3.6 million base salary he’s due to earn in 2010.