The soon-to-be 33 year old Porter was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 3rd round of the 1999 NFL Draft. Porter is a 4-time Pro-Bowl linebacker who is insistent that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank at his current age. Perhaps, that just may be the case. In 2009, Porter recorded 41 tackles and 9 sacks for a average Miami Dolphins defense. However, Porter is probably best known for his antics during his tenure as a Pittsburgh Steeler which includes barking like a dog at opposing teams and players. Maybe it's time for Porter to show the league that the Cardinals have some bark to their beak.
So, I ask you Cardinals fans, should the Arizona Cardinals be looking to sign Joey Porter and bring him in as a veteran linebacker to lead a hopefully strong core of young linebacking talent? Does Porter have something to contribute to the Cardinals?
While 41 tackels is far from greatness, 9 sacks is exactly what he Cardinals need out of a veteran linebacker. Compare the total to that of Karlos Dansby in 2009. While Dansby achieve a total of 109 tackles on the season, he managed only to rack up a single sack on the year. Now, this may be because Dansby often drapped back into coverage as opposed to rushing the passer. Still, is it not a pass rushing linebacker that the Cardinals are missing? Could Porter be the missing piece to the puzzle?
The Cardinals could most certainly sign Joey Porter to a one or two year deal at a much cheaper price than what Dansby is asking which would still allow them to spend money in plenty of other key areas. Personally, I think it would be a great move that would bring some nasty attitude to a defense that desperately needs exactly that. With what seems to be the impending loss of Karlos Dansby and Chike Okeafor, I don't think the Cardinals should look this Miami Dolphins gift-horse in the mouth. I say we spread our wings and welcome Joey Porter into the nest.
What do you think?