Thursday, March 01, 2007

Joey Porter gets Cut by Steelers [David Stefanini]

After two weeks of internal debate, the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to cut ties with one of their most recognized players -- linebacker Joey Porter.
Porter and running back Verron Haynes were released Thursday as the Steelers got under the salary cap. But the decision to release Porter wasn't as much a cap move as it was a change in direction. A three-time Pro Bowl performer, Porter turns 30 on March 22. And with new coach Mike Tomlin taking over for Bill Cowher, the Steelers were looking to go in a different direction with their linebacking corps.

Porter is one of the league's most outspoken players and is willing to verbally challenge opponents. His approach at time did not mesh well with the Steelers' image.
I am glad the Steelers decided to cut Porter. This is what NFL teams should do to players like Terrell Owens, Joey Porter, and Randy Moss. I am the first person to back up players when they pull antics such as excessive touchdown celebrations. I have no problem with Chad Johnson doing anything he wants to do or say because he backs it up with his play. However, players like Porter who go out and run their mouths without putting up performances to back it up on the field, should get treated this way, cut them. Maybe this will make Porter more humble, but that's just wishful thinking.

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