The Miami Dolphins defense is about to get a little more attitude. Reports say that today the Dolphins will announce the signing of former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter to a five-year deal worth about $24 million. Porter, who the Steelers let go last week in a salary cap move, will also get about $12 mil in a signing bonus. The final two teams that it came down to for Porter were the Dolphins and Bengals. The Browns were also interested in Porter, but have already signed three free agents and the price tag was too high for them at this point.
At this point Porter was the most high profile free agent on the market, as most of the other big names were snagged in the first three days of free agency. Last season Porter got off to a tough start, as most of the Steelers did as they struggled to a 3-6 start. As the Steelers rebounded to finish 5-2 down the stretch to finish 8-8, Porter played much better. He ended the season with 55 total tackles, seven sacks, and two interceptions, including one for a touchdown in the season opener against Miami.
He was a fixture for the Steelers, as from his rookie year in 1999 he was a starter at outside linebacker. His best season may have come in 2002 as he recorded 89 total tackles to go along with nine sacks, and had four interceptions and two forced fumbles. Despite some saying he lost a step a year ago, he will upgrade the Dolphins defensive unit and add some attitude for first year head coach Cam Cameron that the team needs. If Porter can regain some of the form from the Steelers Super Bowl winning year of 2005, he can be a great help to Miami.