Joey Porter says he wants to be released by the Miami Dolphins
because he was frustrated about his reduced role last season and
doubts his relationship with coach Tony Sparano can be repaired.
Porter told the Dolphins’ flagship radio station Tuesday he
wants to be waived rather than traded so he can join another team
as an every-down linebacker.
“Knowing I’m unhappy and bringing that negative vibe to a
team, you don’t want me coming to the stadium with that look on my
face, ‘Why am I here?”‘ Porter told WQAM.
The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker’s campaign to be released
went national with an appearance Monday on ESPN. A pledge from the
Dolphins that he can play full time in 2010 is unlikely, and he
told WQAM that wouldn’t salvage the situation.
“I wouldn’t believe them,” he said.
Porter said as his role diminished last season, he talked
with Sparano only on Sundays and stopped speaking with football
czar Bill Parcells or general manager Jeff Ireland. Porter was
unhappy about being replaced by pass-rush specialist Cameron Wake
in some situations.
“I’m an every-down player,” Porter said. “I’m supposed to be
out on the field when the game’s on the line. I was on the sideline
in the fourth quarter cheering. …
“My mind wouldn’t be there because I’m frustrated that I’m on
the sideline. It’s hard for me to accept that after being in the
Pro Bowl just a year ago. Now all of a sudden I’m taking a back
seat — for who and for what?”
Porter said he saw less playing time after Sparano held him
out of a midseason game at Tampa Bay. The only reason given at the
time was a “coach’s decision.”
“It was because I went out to get something to eat from 9 to
10:30” two nights before the game, Porter said. “I’ve never heard
that before — telling a grown man what to do on a Friday
Porter led the AFC in 2008 with 17 1/2 sacks. His sack total
this season fell to nine, still the Dolphins’ high.
“Outside linebacker? I’m the best one we’ve got. Period. Why
should I be switching with any of those guys?” Porter said. “Being
32, I don’t have time to be playing childish games. If you want to
put Cameron Wake in the game, go ahead and good luck to you. Let me
go find a job somewhere else.”