In dire need of a quality pass rusher, the Cardinals announced the signing early Friday evening of Joey Porter, one of the league's most productive sackers in recent years. Porter signed a three-year contract, the terms of which were not disclosed in accordance with club policy.
The 6-3, 255-pound Porter comes to the Cardinals after spending the last three seasons with the Dolphins, who released him March 5. A veteran of 11 NFL seasons, he has appeared in 154 games (137 starts) and is a four-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro selection. With 92 career sacks, Porter trails only Jason Taylor in sacks among active players, and his 90 sacks over the last 10 seasons (2000-09) trail only Taylor (111).
Porter established a career high with 17½ sacks in his Pro Bowl season of 2008, the highest total in the AFC and second-highest total in the NFL that year behind Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware. Porter has recorded at least nine sacks in a season six times in his career. Porter also has accumulated 651 tackles, 12 interceptions (one returned for a TD), 23 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries (two returned for TDs).
Porter spent the first eight years of his career with the Steelers, where he was a member of Pittsburgh's Super Bowl XL championship team. For his career, Porter has started all 11 postseason contests in which he has appeared and has collected 50 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble in postseason play.
"It is exciting on many levels," said Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt. "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."
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