MIAMI (AP) Joey Porter has agreed to a five-year, 32 (m) million dollar contract with the Miami Dolphins, making the former second-team All-Pro linebacker the first marquee player to join the club during this free agent period.
Porter is guaranteed 20 (m) million in the deal. That's
according to a person with knowledge of the discussion who
requested anonymity because Porter has not yet passed his physical
and the contract may not be signed until tomorrow or Thursday.
Porter spent his first eight seasons with the Pittsburgh
Steelers, who released him last week in a salary-cap move. He would
have received one (m) million if he was on the Steelers' roster
today, and was set to make four (m) million more for the 2007
season, the final one under his deal with Pittsburgh.
Porter's addition is part of what's becoming a major roster
overhaul by the Dolphins, who were six-and-ten last season, and new
coach Cam Cameron.
Porter spent his first eight seasons of play in the N-F-L with
Pittsburgh where he was a former second-team All-Pro performer. His
60 sacks rank fourth all-time in Steelers' history.
Already, Miami has either released or traded seven players who
started at least one game on offense in 2006.
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