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BlitzburghRockCity
08-17-2006, 07:23 PM
Just watching NFL total access, and Joey is on there on Steelers cam. Talking about Ben's injury and how its basically overhyped by the media but when Marshall Faulk questioned him he said, "if it wasn't for Cowher I would have seriously considered holding out. "

If there was ever any doubt of this teams faith in BC for the 2006 season after all this contract stuff, it should be squashed now. Porter said Cowher told him it will get taken care of and that he (cowher) would be here this year, and that was enough for Joey.

Right on Porter !!! :tt02: :tt02: :tt02: Good to see ya on the field again !

Prosdo
08-17-2006, 10:13 PM
Cowher is the man as always. He always has his players' respect.

SteelCityMan786
08-17-2006, 10:59 PM
Good to see Porter didn't hold out.

Koopa
08-18-2006, 02:03 AM
here's an article of that story


Porter remains unhappy camper over contract
Cowher main reason LB reported to camp on time

Friday, August 18, 2006
By Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers linebacker Joey Porter told the NFL Network last night that he almost did not show up at camp this summer, and the main reason he did was because of his close relationship with coach Bill Cowher.

"He's one of the main reasons why I'm back here at camp," Porter said. "Contract-wise I wasn't too happy with the situation that we [had] going into the season. But I talked to coach Cowher, and after me and him had our words ... he said he's going to be here, so he had a big impact on me being here in camp this year."

Co-host Marshall Faulk then asked a follow-up question about holding out of camp and whether Porter felt like he was underpaid.

"Definitely," Porter said. "I definitely feel that I have outplayed the contract that I am under. What I bring to the team ... It's not just me out there playing football. Me being the leader I am and the response I get from my team ... The whole city of Pittsburgh knows what I bring. Coach Cowher knows what I bring.

"We had a talk, and it was 'I need you.' I was unhappy. There was no use me lying about it. I wasn't going to talk to anybody and just play football since they made it the business it is. I was ready to just come out here and give them the business.

"I didn't have to come out here and be nice to anybody. But me having a talk with coach Cowher and the relationship we have, I feel like I can suck it in, even though I'm not happy with the contract, go out there for coach Cowher and play like I know how to play and just put it all in God's hands and see what happens next year."

The Post-Gazette reported in May that Porter was unhappy with his contract. Porter, 29, has two years left on a contract he signed in February 2004. He is scheduled to earn a $3.85 million salary this year and $5 million next season, which includes a $1 million roster bonus.

Porter, one of the Steelers' captains since 2003, led all NFL linebackers last season with 101/2 sacks and made his third Pro Bowl. His 53 career sacks rank sixth all-time for the Steelers, half a sack behind Greg Lloyd. A third-round draft choice from Colorado State in 1999, Porter became the team's starting right outside linebacker in 2000.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06230/714492-66.stm

Steelerlyn
08-18-2006, 11:25 AM
It has been widely reported about what a leader JP is in the locker room. Prior to this season when they were talking about "who is gonna replace bettis' leadership?" And Ben said, "Joey Porter will be one" I had no idea Joey was that much of a respected leader.

PITT23
08-18-2006, 11:49 AM
It has been widely reported about what a leader JP is in the locker room. Prior to this season when they were talking about "who is gonna replace bettis' leadership?" And Ben said, "Joey Porter will be one" I had no idea Joey was that much of a respected leader.
It has a great deal to do with his intensity. He's always going at 110% and he gets other players fired up and ready to play. He's gonna go out there and play his *** off whether we're undefeated or 0-16.

Steelersfan
08-18-2006, 11:56 AM
I'm not sure we will be able to afford him if he is unhappy about getting 8-9 million over the next two years. I'm just glad he's back this year and ready to play. Hopefully things work out next year with his contract.

PITT23
08-18-2006, 11:58 AM
I think the biggest reason he needs more money is that by the time this current contract is over he'll be 31 and maybe out of his prime and this is the best shot he'll get for more cash. Its great to think that all of these guys think highly enough of Cowher to get back in there and work.

Prosdo
08-18-2006, 03:38 PM
I agree Pitt. Joey is just one of those guys who can just raise the intensity level. I would hate to lose Joey, but his contract is coming at a very bad time. We have Ben and Troy to sign and possibly Ike. Those guys will be higher on the priority list.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-18-2006, 03:54 PM
I agree Pitt. Joey is just one of those guys who can just raise the intensity level. I would hate to lose Joey, but his contract is coming at a very bad time. We have Ben and Troy to sign and possibly Ike. Those guys will be higher on the priority list.

Oh, you can count on Ike being gone after this year. There is noway I see the Rooney's giving Ike a 10 million dollar signing bonus like his agent wants. Hell Hines Ward only got a 9 million signing bonus. I like Ike Taylor and I think the kid has a ton of pontential. But I think most are really overrating him right now. Trust me its easy to do. Since Rod Woodson left we have seen alot of average to bad corners. Oh, Chad Scott, DeWayne Washington and Donnell Woolford come to mind. So I really I don't blame alot of fans to be excited about Ike Taylor. The kid did have a good year last year and did step up his game. But he is far from a finished product. The chances are we will see that finished product in another teams uniform.

Prosdo
08-18-2006, 03:57 PM
I would love to see Ike stay in Pittsburgh, but you are correct Black. They dragged their feet to shell out 9 million on Hines. Ike and his agent must be crazy to demand 10 million. He knows the Rooneys and hopefully he gets that whole 10 million dollar signing bonus idea out of his head.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-18-2006, 04:01 PM
I would love to see Ike stay in Pittsburgh, but you are correct Black. They dragged their feet to shell out 9 million on Hines. Ike and his agent must be crazy to demand 10 million. He knows the Rooneys and hopefully he gets that whole 10 million dollar signing bonus idea out of his head.

Oh trust me I hope Ike is back also. But I just really don't see it happening. I hate to sound negative. Thats not my thing. But I just don't have a good feeling about Ike. I think Ike wants to stay really bad. But this is where agents suck and are bad for sports. Really its their job to get the most money for their clients but agents do suck.

I don't want the Steelers to over pay for Ike also. I remember very well when we resigned Chad Scott and DeWayne Washington. Didn't work out to well. I just think it would be smart to see what Ike does this year before making him a serious offer.

Prosdo
08-18-2006, 04:03 PM
You don't sound negative at all Black. You sound very realistic. I couldn't agree more let's see how Ike performs this year. Yes he did play very well last year, but let's see if he can keep it up.

PITT23
08-18-2006, 04:08 PM
I would be more concerned about signing Taylor if we didn't have guys like Colclough and McFadden waiting in the wings but we do and it's nice to know we wouldn't have to make a free agent signing to fill the spot.

Black@Gold Forever32
08-18-2006, 04:11 PM
You don't sound negative at all Black. You sound very realistic. I couldn't agree more let's see how Ike performs this year. Yes he did play very well last year, but let's see if he can keep it up.

Another thing to consider about us resigning Ike is...how Ricardo Colclough plays this year. So far Ricardo hasn't shown to much since being our second round pick in the 2004 NFL draft. If Ricardo plays well then the thinking might be we could afford to let Ike go. But if Ricardo continues to show that he is a wasted 2nd round pick then that could force the Rooney's hand to make Ike a serious offer.

SteelersfaninPhilly
08-19-2006, 04:42 PM
I think Ike and Joey will both be gone.