So Darnell Dockett, apparently, knew about Joey Porter long before anyone else did.
“#birdgang fans, I was trying to tell yall I had a surprise but couldn’t tell ya just yet till I make sure! So there yall have it JOEY PORTER” is what Dockett tweeted tonight, two days after promising big news. I suppose it wasn’t all that much of a leap, since I and many of you were guessing the same thing. Really, Porter coming to Arizona, as I mentioned, was the only thing that made sense, and his deal, at three years and a reported $17.5 million , still was for less than he was originally aiming (and I’d like to see the breakdown from there too — how much is the first year worth? Two years? Is in backloaded?).
Some consider this a poor deal, but truthfully, the Cardinals had some wiggle room to risk such a contract, given all the money they won’t be spending on Kurt Warner and Karlos Dansby this season. And Porter is still a more proven pass rusher than anyone on the roster at linebacker, even if he has lost a step. The fact his signing has clearly energized guys like Dockett and Larry Fitzgerald inside the locker room can’t be discounted either. They have to feel the team is making the effort to stay on top.
Ultimately, I think the pros outweigh the cons with where Porter stands right now and where the Cards are. Coach Ken Whisenhunt knows Porter well enough that he knows the ins and outs of Porter’s bombastic personality. I am guessing he’ll be the last “big” signing, with the Cards now filling out the roster — kicker, quarterback maybe — until they see where they stand after the draft.
Tags: Darnell Dockett, Joey Porter, Larry Fitzgerald
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