Immediately following the 2009 regular-season, Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter met with coach Tony Sparano and the two discussed the player's season as well as his future with the team.http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins ... iscus.html
It was a frank discussion because, as one source close to Porter said, "Joey's no shrinking violet. He says what's on his mind."
No lie. Porter told Sparano he wasn't happy. He said he was not happy with his number of snaps, which were at times limited during the season. He said he wasn't happy about being suspended for the Nov. 15 Tampa Bay game. He said he believed he was playing out of position at times during the season.
Porter, who feeds on emotion and fancies himself a team leader, apparently believed he was limited in his ability to do what he does best because he often found himself on the sideline rather than in the game.
In short, Porter made it clear that he wasn't happy much of 2009.
It was a private meeting, but the extent of Porter's simmering private unhappiness recently boiled over publicly.
Last week, appearing on Romeo in the Morning on Hot 94.1 in Bakersfield, California, Porter's home town, the enigmatic linebacker told the show host that he didn't want to return to the Dolphins in 2010. He repeated the complaints he made to Sparano
No, Porter has not asked to be traded. No, the rift is not irreparable.
But there are issues.
Jeff Sperbeck, Porter's California-based agent, is expected to meet with the Dolphins in Mobile, Ala., this week