The Cardinals believe they took a big step in shoring up their defense on Friday by signing veteran free agent linebacker Joey Porter to a three year contract. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, yet.
Coach Whisenhunt believes that Porter’s signing will give the defense a new dynamic in 2010. Whisenhunt explained that “there is no question we were able to generate sacks last year but we were doing it with blitzing. [Porter] gives us a guy who can win one-on-one matchups and allows us to rush with four (players). That’s a component we were missing to a degree.”
Porter, who will turn 33 on Monday, is an 11-year veteran. While there has been speculation regarding whether Porter has anything left in the tank, there is no speculation regarding his sack production in recent years. The former Dolphin compiled 26.5 sacks in the past two seasons, including nine last season.
Whisenhunt also addressed the issue of whether Porter would be a dividing force in the locker room, a reputation that has followed Porter around the NFL. Whisenhunt stated that “other than the bulletin-board material that he’s notorious for doing once in a while, I’ve never been around a guy who has complained about Joey as a teammate. There’s a perception of Joey that I don’t buy into and our players won’t buy into.”
Porter’s only other visit this offseason was with the Washington Redskins. Things obviously didn’t work out as Porter signed with Arizona within 24 hours of the visit.