Joey Porter Wants To Be An Arizona Cardinal Regardless Of His Salary

In the midst of all of these free agent signings and camp frenzy, the Arizona Cardinals have made some low key moves that could end up paying dividends. One of these moves was made when the front office presented outside linebacker Joey Porter with a choice: take a pay cut or get cut. 

Being that Porter is now 34 years old and not looking to test free agency after only one year in the desert, he decided to accept the ultimatum issued by the Cardinals to remain with the team. 

Joey Porter was scheduled to make around $5.75 million dollars on the second year of his three-year deal before agreeing to a salary demotion. Kent Somers talked with Porter, who had this to say:

"Early in my career, I probably would have been mad about it," Porter said. "You get five sacks, they don't really want to pay you $5.7 million base the next year. You have to be smart enough to understand that."    

Obviously the aging pass rusher has gained some maturity during his time in the National Football League, but he also understands the complications of having to transplant yourself and your family year in and year out. According to the report from Somers, Porter never even considered leaving and he knew he would be asked to take less money. Arizona is where he wants to be.      

For Porter, staying in Arizona just makes sense. We all know about the abundance of players and coaches that come from the Steelers organization, including Porter himself. Also, Ray Horton, the new defensive coordinator for Arizona, looks to bring in his expertise and defensive prowess in an attempt to help the Cardinals regain the NFC West crown. He comes from the Pittsburgh organization as well and is looking to enforce some schemes that he learned during his time there. Porter believes that he already knows that system, so learning it and executing it should be second nature to him.  

It has also been speculated that O'Brien Schofield will look to take the starting role from the aging Porter. Less snaps could mean more production for the former star linebacker. 

With new players coming in through the draft and free agency and some new coaching philosophies being implemented, this team has some plans to do great things. It looks like Porter wants to be a part of them. 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Revenge of the Birds

You must be a member of Revenge of the Birds to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Revenge of the Birds. You should read them.

Join Revenge of the Birds

You must be a member of Revenge of the Birds to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Revenge of the Birds. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker