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    SI says Jets tried to trade for Porter b4 he was cut:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...ter/index.html

    Though he belatedly joined this year's free-agent class -- upon being released by Pittsburgh in a Thursday afternoon salary cap move -- it didn't take Steelers outside linebacker Joey Porter long to generate interest on the open market.

    According to a source close to Porter, at least seven teams have made contact to inquire about the three-time Pro Bowl selection, and they read like a who's who of the NFL's 3-4 defensive formation stalwarts: New England, the Jets, Baltimore, San Francisco, Dallas, Cleveland and Miami.

    Porter has yet to schedule any visits, and probably won't do so until early next week. Having somewhat unexpectedly been granted free agency, after the Steelers investigated trades involving him in recent days, Porter is content to let his market develop over the weekend, knowing that most NFL teams have not yet spent time breaking down his 2006 game films.

    The market for Porter is also somewhat related to the one that has developed for Baltimore outside linebacker Adalius Thomas, one of the most sought-after prospects in this year's free-agent crop. The teams that are not successful in landing Thomas, who also fits the 3-4 linebacker mold, almost certainly will step up their pursuit of Porter. So, while New England, San Francisco and the Jets are considered the most aggressive suitors of Thomas, two of them will likely turn their attention quickly to Porter if the ex-Ravens star signs.

    The Jets are known to be one of several teams that talked to the Steelers in recent days about a trade for Porter, and Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel was quoted Thursday night expressing interest in his former division rival.

    Interestingly, in a head-to-head comparison of Thomas and Porter, the ex-Steeler fares quite well. Both players will turn 30 this year, with Porter, a eight-year NFL veteran, reaching the milestone in March, and Thomas, a seven-year pro, in August. Porter owns 60 career sacks and three Pro Bowl berths, to Thomas' 38 1/2 and one all-star appearance, which came after his breakthrough 2006 season, when he totaled a career-best 11 sacks.

    Unlike past years in free agency, the size of this year's salary cap ($109 million) is so large that teams are expected to have significant money to spend even after the usual mega-deals are struck in the opening three to five days of the NFL's annual personnel shopping spree. With that in mind, Porter's camp prefers to not "rush the market,'' believing that enough teams will have unmet needs and open coffers throughout next week.Porter was scheduled to receive $4 million in salary this season in Pittsburgh, and was due a $1 million roster bonus in early March. While there was real debate internally within the Steelers front office regarding whether the team should part ways with Porter, it was decided that Pittsburgh did not want to take the risk of giving the 29-year-old another long-term deal with a potential eight-figure bonus.

    Sources say Steelers decision makers had the contract situation of ex-Pittsburgh linebacker Jason Gildon in mind when they made the call on Porter. In 2002, the Steelers gave Gildon, their career sack leader, a five-year, $23 million contract, then released him two years into the deal in a cap move. The idea of re-signing Porter to such a significant contract at a similar point in his career scared some in Pittsburgh's front office.


    Last year, Porter asked the Steelers to re-visit his contract situation, but the club rebuffed him, citing its longstanding policy against extending contracts that have more than one year remaining on them. Faced with having Porter enter the final year of his deal in 2007, and aware that former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher had assured him that his contract situation would be addressed this year, the Steelers felt Porter deserved a chance to reach the free-agent market now.

    While some scouts within the league have questioned whether Porter has lost some of the explosiveness that made him one of the league's most dangerous pass rushers throughout this decade, others contend that he remains a premier play-maker whose skills are not in any noticeable decline. Porter had a team-best seven sacks and two interceptions in just 14 games for Pittsburgh last season, a year after tying his career-high with 10 sacks in the Steelers' Super Bowl season of 2005.

    Said one league observer: "He's a vocal guy and sometimes controversial, but no one has ever denied that he comes to play every week. Him not being in Pittsburgh any more was not about him not being to play any more.''

    In other free agency news, Vikings linebacker Napoleon Harris made a visit to Tampa Bay on Friday, and has received interest in having visits with Buffalo, Kansas City and Atlanta.

    Dallas and former Cardinals offensive tackle Leonard Davis are deep into negotiations, league sources said Friday. Talks have hit a snag on Davis' request for a $12 million signing bonus and a deal that averages $5 million per season. Davis is Dallas' first choice to replace offensive tackle Marc Colombo, who was allowed to test the free-agent market this week.

    The Bucs and former Giants offensive tackle Luke Petitgout are negotiating Friday, but are not believed to be close to a deal at this point. Tampa Bay is balking at some of Petitgout's contract demands, a source said.

    Former Atlanta defensive end Patrick Kerney started his free-agent tour in Denver on Friday, but is leaving the Broncos' offices without a deal in place. Kerney is headed for Seattle tonight, where he is scheduled to have dinner with Seahawks officials.
    Come on big T, schedule a visit for monday and don't let him leave until he's signed a contract.

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    If they could have got some value for him, then why was he cut? Better to get SOMETHING, a mid-rounder AT LEAST, than nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RutgersJetFan
    If they could have got some value for him, then why was he cut? Better to get SOMETHING, a mid-rounder AT LEAST, than nothing.
    they may have wanted too much.

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    Lets Sign Porter ASAP

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    Quote Originally Posted by RutgersJetFan
    If they could have got some value for him, then why was he cut? Better to get SOMETHING, a mid-rounder AT LEAST, than nothing.
    My thoughts exactly...

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    I don't believe that for a second... 1) if the steelers were going to cut him, they'd surely have taken a 5 for him... 2) if the jets were after him, we'd have heard about a visit by now...

    Joey Porter to the Jets rumors really exist very little in reality and very heavily in JI lore.



    Joey Porter will not be a New York Jet

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    If we were trying to trade for him before he was released, then why aren't we making a serious run at him now that he is a free agent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_0515
    they may have wanted too much.
    Anything is better than Nothing for a player your going to cut anyway..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRy923
    If we were trying to trade for him before he was released, then why aren't we making a serious run at him now that he is a free agent?
    Alot of writers throw crap gainst the wall and see what sticks..No one ever remembers all the stuff their wrong about just the 1 time they were right..

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    Although I doubt it, Porter wouldn't be a bad signing.

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    Makes no sense for 2 reasons:

    1) If the Steelers had a choice between a 2012 7th round pick and nothing, they'd take the 2012 7th round pick! Why did they get zero in return.

    2) By trading to the Jets the Steelers could guarantee Porter would be out of their division, now that he's a FA he could sign with Cleveland who is very interested and Pitt would have to see him twice per year.

    Unless I'm missing something I am just totally confused as to why Pittsburgh would release him and get zero value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetstream23
    Makes no sense for 2 reasons:

    1) If the Steelers had a choice between a 2012 7th round pick and nothing, they'd take the 2012 7th round pick! Why did they get zero in return.

    2) By trading to the Jets the Steelers could guarantee Porter would be out of their division, now that he's a FA he could sign with Cleveland who is very interested and Pitt would have to see him twice per year.

    Unless I'm missing something I am just totally confused as to why Pittsburgh would release him and get zero value.
    I am having a problem with this also. I do not see Mangini bring him in....I do not think he wants the drama !

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricYellin
    Joey Porter will not be a New York Jet

    EricYellin 3.02.07
    + Buzzsaw 3.02.07

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetstream23
    Makes no sense for 2 reasons:

    1) If the Steelers had a choice between a 2012 7th round pick and nothing, they'd take the 2012 7th round pick! Why did they get zero in return.

    2) By trading to the Jets the Steelers could guarantee Porter would be out of their division, now that he's a FA he could sign with Cleveland who is very interested and Pitt would have to see him twice per year.

    Unless I'm missing something I am just totally confused as to why Pittsburgh would release him and get zero value.
    Patriots did the same thing with Dillon. Don't understand that one either.

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    I've been thinking about this a little bit more and there is really only one reason a trade didn't work....Money!

    Obviously, players like Porter are being cut before they are due bonuses and other cap-unfriendly money. If they are traded their contract goes with them to the new team. Teams trying to trade for Porter were likely asking Pittsburgh to pay part of the money due to him and my guess is that Pitt. was balking at that. It's the only thing I can come up with. My guess is that the Jets called up and offered a 5th rounder or something but asked Pittsburgh to cover part of the bonus. Who knows?

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    Cimini reports today that the jets have no interest in Porter...fwiw

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChanTheMaster
    Cimini reports today that the jets have no interest in Porter...fwiw
    Cimini = Assclown

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    Im starting to think Joey wants to go to a west coast team to play in warmer, nicer weather.

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