At the end of the week (Porter is a Card)

Posted by Darren Urban on March 19, 2010 – 2:38 pm

The weather is perfect today. A great day to be outside. Alas, I am not. A great day to be in front of the TV watching college basketball. Alas, I am not. So as long as I’m in my own little piece of the NFL world in the cubicle I call home (OK, I call my house my home, so I guess I just call this work) …

UPDATE: I guess I spoke too soon. Joey Porter is a Cardinal with a new three-year contract.

There is no white smoke coming from Joey Porter’s camp (figuratively, of course, not literally) so the free-agent linebacker doesn’t have a home yet. He was finishing up a visit to the Redskins earlier today and I am sure they have talked about what it would take to get Porter to Washington. That said, given Porter’s desire to be in the West, I would think the Cards will hear from him again (unless the Redskins decide to money-whip him, which in this new Shanahan-Bruce Allen era, I would doubt). I’ve said what I thought, that I think he could help the Cards but it wouldn’t crush them if he didn’t come. At this point, I am just hoping he makes a decision soon.

— Darnell Dockett hasn’t followed up with any big news, but I can tell you whatever he was talking about, it wasn’t a contract extension. General manager Rod Graves told me the team at this point is not “engaged in any active discussions” with Dockett on his deal. That really isn’t surprising; with everything going on with free agency and the prelude to the draft, anything that would be done with Dockett — if anything is done right now — would be later on in the offseason anyway. So that brings us back to Dockett’s news. Porter? A promise from coach Ken Whisenhunt that Dockett will be Dan Krieder’s replacement at fullback?

— Strange days over with the 49ers and the whatever-is-going-on with general manager Scot McCloughan. From a Cardinals’ perspective, it doesn’t really matter why or how as much as that the GM is apparently on the outs a month before the draft. Considering the 49ers, right now, are the Cards’ biggest threat when it comes to defending the NFC West crown in 2010, it’s a significant development. McCloughan has seemingly been an important cog in rebuilding that team so to lose him has to hurt, at least in the short-term.

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