Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Team signs Joey Porter; Set to cut Mare

[Update: 9:09 P.M.] According to the Sun-Sentinel, the team is set to cut K Olindo Mare if they are unable to trade him. Mare's salary for 2007 would be $1.5 million, with another $250,000 roster bonus. In his place, they are expected to sign Jay Feeley. Mare is 34 years old and finished last season with a career-worst 72.2 field goal percentage. He did, however, lead the league in touchbacks with 24. Feeley is 30 years old and made 85.2% of his field goals last season, playing for the New York Giants. [End Update]

It seems like Randy Mueller and Cam Cameron's trip to Bakersfield, CA to woo OLB Joey Porter paid off. The Dolphins have agreed to terms with the former Steelers LB on a five-year, $32 million contract, including a $12 million signing bonus and another $8 million in guaranteed salary.

Apparently, Miami's initiative paid off. Porter had been planning a tour of at least 5 or 6 NFL cities, but chose instead to sign with Miami without visiting the other interested teams. The 3-4 defense that he played in Pittsburgh is very similar to the one employed by Dom Capers, so he should fit in very nicely. His skill at rushing the QB (60 sacks over 8 seasons) will really add an extra dimension to the already formidable Dolphins defense. Channing Crowder and Donnie Spragan combined for only 2.5 sacks last season from the OLB position. Porter notched 7 sacks last season. He also adds an element of fiery leadership to the team.

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