The last time linebacker Joey Porter abruptly was cut, he quickly landed on his feet.
And with a contract carrying $20 million in guaranteed money.
Though he’s three years older, there’s surely a team or two out there willing to give the soon-to-be 33-year-old defender a chance.
Here’s an easy way to begin connecting the dots — look to the guys who were in Miami when Porter picked up that contract with $20 million of it fully guaranteed.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers is now the defensive coordinator in Green Bay, and the Packers are still making the transition from 4-3 to 3-4. Porter would be an upgrade over Aaron Kampman, who seems to be far more suited to playing defensive end on a four-man line.
Then there are the Bills. New defensive coordinator George Edwards was Porter’s position coach in 2007.
How about the Chargers? Former Miami G.M. Randy Mueller is now an exec in San Diego.
The Cowboys could be an alternative, if Porter is willing to accept a backup role behind DeMarcus Ware or Anthony Spencer. Former Dolphins defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, who worked with Porter each of the past two years, has returned to the defensive staff in Dallas.
Of course, there’s a chance that anyone who has worked with Porter will want to have nothing further to do with him.
So maybe we should be looking at teams with a 3-4 defense — and a coaching staff with no prior exposure to Porter.