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Old 03-01-2007, 03:44 PM   #1
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Default Official Joey Porter Thread

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/
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:46 PM   #2
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Default Re: Porter/Haynes Released/Issue offers to Max and St. Pierre

You really have to wonder what this means for our defensive unit this upcomming year. I think it means the steelers plan on drafting a lb in the first round
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:50 PM   #3
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You really have to wonder what this means for our defensive unit this upcomming year. I think it means the steelers plan on drafting a lb in the first round
I think that's a pretty safe bet after today.
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:52 PM   #4
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Default Re: Porter/Haynes Released/Issue offers to Max and St. Pierre

Here's the latest from the P-G:

"Kevin Colbert, the team's director of football operations, said they will try to re-sign Haynes, who is injured, later this year."

So maybe Haynes isn't gone for good.

But dang, I'm gonna miss Joey. And I don't look forward to seeing him on the other side of the football anytime soon.
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:53 PM   #5
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I think this is a huge mistake. Now we have no vocal leader on defense. Joey had the ability to fire up the team with one tackle or talkin trash. I see us lookin for somebody who can be just like him, a pure pass rushing outside linebacker. Maybe Jarvis Moss out of florida, he is huge but a real athlete. Haggans showed signs of slowing down too and so did farrior so we could go any linebacker position. We better pick the right guy and come out with the next Shawn Merriman or else our defense could struggle
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I'm sorry, I love the Steelers with all my heart, but I think releasing Porter was the one stupidest thing they could have done. Hey why there at it why don't they just release Hines Ward too, that will make room for another stupid pick in the draft. I don't know if I'm looking forward to next season. Jackasses!
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I'm sorry, I love the Steelers with all my heart, but I think releasing Porter was the one stupidest thing they could have done. Hey why there at it why don't they just release Hines Ward too, that will make room for another stupid pick in the draft. I don't know if I'm looking forward to next season. Jackasses!

I guess if you get off the bandwagon then
that will give us room for one more.
I hate to see Porter go but it has been coming and it is time
for a change on this defense and he just wasnt himself the last season
and a half. What did he do during that super bowl? Nothing... that
was a team effort on that defense because you didnt hear just
one name mentioned all night, especially not Porters'..
Now, dont get me wrong, I hate to see Porter go but maybe he will prove me wrong somewhere else and I hope he does as long as it isnt
against the Steelers, but I think that his Best days is definitely behind
him..
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Porter gone....Starks stays?
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Lets just hope Joey doesn't go to any teams in the afcn.
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