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Old 03-01-2007   #1
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Steelers Release Porter, Haynes; Tender Offers to Starks, St. Pierre





PITTSBURGH — The Steelers released veteran outside linebacker Joey Porter and running back Verron Haynes, the team announced today.



Porter, an eight-year veteran, was originally selected by the Steelers in the third round (73rd overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft out of Colorado State.



Porter started in 14 games in 2006, and finished the season tied for seventh on the team with 64 tackles (43 solo). He led the Steelers with seven quarterback sacks and intercepted two passes which tied for second on the team.



In eight seasons with the Steelers, Porter played in 122 games and made 106 starts. He recorded 498 tackles (374 solo) and 10 interceptions, and ranks fourth in team history with 60 quarterback sacks. Porter, who was the team's defensive co-captain since 2003, earned three trips to the Pro Bowl (2003, 2005 and 2006) and was voted Steelers' co-MVP in 2002.



Haynes was the Steelers' fifth round draft choice in 2002 (166th overall). He played seven games in 2006 before being placed on the reserve/injured list with a knee injury versus Oakland (Oct. 29). Haynes played in 60 games with the Steelers and rushed for 738 yards and three touchdowns on 174 carries (4.2 avg.).



The Steelers also made tender offers to offensive tackle Max Starks and quarterback Brian St. Pierre.



By making the tenders to Starks and St. Pierre, the Steelers reserve the right to retain the players by matching any offer sheets they would sign with another team. Starks and St. Pierre could also remain with the Steelers by signing their tender offer for 2007 or by signing a long-term contract with the team.



Starks will enter his fourth NFL season in 2007 after being drafted by the Steelers in the third round (75th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He has started 30 career games after becoming a full-time starter in 2005. He helped Pittsburgh rank third in the AFC in 2006 in total yards per game (357.8) and aided in Willie Parker's team-record rushing performance (233 rushing yards) in a win over Cleveland in Week 14.



St. Pierre spent nearly the entire 2006 season with Steelers on both the active roster and practice squad. St. Pierre, originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round (163rd overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft, has spent three years with Pittsburgh and has also spent time on the Baltimore Ravens' 53-man roster and their practice squad.



The Steelers also released offensive tackle Ulish Booker, who spent the 2006 season on the team's reserve/injured list after hurting his knee in the preseason.
http://news.steelers.com/article/74287/


Anyone else interested in picking up Porter for our LB crew? I'd love to have him.
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i'd love for you not to have him.
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I'll pass...
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Default Re: Joey Porter Released By Steelers

Greenwood, Meco', and Porter sounds very catchy.
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Get it done Texans.
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I could really see the Patriots picking this guy up though...
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Greenwood, Meco', and Porter sounds very catchy.
We desperately need a guy like Porter on our defense. He has an attitude and guys are afraid of him on the football field. Oh, he's a pretty good football player too. haha.
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I love Porter's play and his energy, we must inquire.
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what has his salary been? i know he's a tough dude and all but i really havn't followed him much. he's been in the league what 8 years? Is he getting old and beat up, or is he still fluid and able to play at full potential?

If he's good and healthy that'd be awesome...is he an olb or mlb?
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Don't the Steelers run a 3-4? Ah, who cares! I'd at least be picking up the phone. It never hurts to try.
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what has his salary been? i know he's a tough dude and all but i really havn't followed him much. he's been in the league what 8 years? Is he getting old and beat up, or is he still fluid and able to play at full potential?

If he's good and healthy that'd be awesome...is he an olb or mlb?
Porter was scheduled to make $5.225 million this season from a base standpoint I believe. Which would seem in line as this caliber of player would have an escalating base per year.
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what has his salary been? i know he's a tough dude and all but i really havn't followed him much. he's been in the league what 8 years? Is he getting old and beat up, or is he still fluid and able to play at full potential?

If he's good and healthy that'd be awesome...is he an olb or mlb?
He's an OLB.
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Default Re: Joey Porter Released By Steelers

I'd love to have him in a Texans uni, but I've got a feeling it's a snowball's chance in hell for it to happen.
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I think Porter is a heck of a 3-4 OLB...

I don't think he will be as good in a 4-3 though...JMO
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Greenwood, Meco', and Porter sounds very catchy.
Sounds like a law firm. LOL They would be laying the law down on defense. Actually not sure I am in favor of Porter. Isn't he a bit of a loose cannon?
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Isn't he a bit of a loose cannon?
Is he ? I've never heard anything like that....


But I'd love for him to end up with the Patriots....They need linebackers, and they run a 3-4....
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Isn't porter the one who called out that seahawks player before the superbowl?
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Isn't porter the one who called out that seahawks player before the superbowl?
So what he likes to talk, hes not getting into shootings at strip clubs. This team needs some players with fire.
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I'll pass. DeMeco will be better than him.
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I'll pass. DeMeco will be better than him.
DeMeco is a MLB... Porter is a OLB
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