The Arizona Cardinals, who have been trying to slow the traffic headed out the exit door, has gotten someone to come in the building.
The team announced on its Web site this afternoon that linebacker Joey Porter has agreed to a three-year contract, a good addition for a team in need. The Cardinals lost key components of the defense already in linebacker Karlos Dansby and safety Antrel Rolle and was looking for a boost to the pass rush.
Porter, who visited the Washington Redskins after a trip to Arizona, possibly for leverage, reunites with coach Ken Whisenhunt as they spent time together in Pittsburgh.
“It is exciting on many levels,” Whisenhunt announced on the Web site. “Two areas that come to mind are his productivity on the field, (because) getting 26½ sacks over the last two years is pretty impressive, especially considering last year with not even playing a full season. Also the mentality he brings, it’s something we have made great progress with as a team. Having another veteran player, who has had great success in this league, to contribute to that will only help us in an area defensively where we want to improve.”
Porter had nine sacks in 14 games for the Miami Dolphins last season after bagging 17 ½ the year before. He has 92 sacks in his career. The Dolphins released him at the beginning of the month after mistakingly trying to cut him in February.
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