Report: Dolphins Release Linebacker Joey Porter

Veteran NFL linebacker Joey Porter and the Miami Dolphins have decided to part ways, FOXSports.com reports. The four-time Pro Bowl selection had been very vocal about his desire to leave the team and test the free agency market after seeing his playing time diminish under coach Tony Sparano. Porter made his wish to be released public during Super Bowl weekend when he spoke on Dolphins radio about his deteriorating relationship with Sparano.

The Dolphins coach went to Cameron Wake during crucial moments last season, a move that did not sit well with Porter. “I’m an every-down player…I’m supposed to be out on the field when the game’s on the line,” he said. The relationship between the player and coach started to sour when Sparano sat out Porter in a game with Tampa Bay last season.

Porter has been one of the league’s toughest defenders, leading the AFC in 2008 with 17 and ½ sacks. He won a Super Bowl in 2006 while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.