Joey Porter Situation Still Unresolved As Far As League Is Concerned

The first week of free agency so far has not exactly been very exciting for the Pittsburgh Steelers so far, that is, unless you like seeing players visit without signing while former players sign new deals elsewhere. And apparently you do, since all of these phenomena have brought in a lot of traffic and discussion over the course of the past several days.

Free agency is understandably an attention-grabbing time of the year, as it is one of the key periods during which teams can try to improve, by signing presumably proven players to bolster their on-field product—which is something that the Steelers do not typically engage in at the top end of the market.

All of this has, however, served to overshadow some other topics of interest surrounding the team. What is the status of wide receiver Martavis Bryant’s application for reinstatement, for example? Will the Steelers extend the contracts of Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert as they enter their final seasons, respectively, as has been the norm?

Oh, and what is going to happen to Joey Porter?

Porter was arrested for an incident at a downtown bar in which he ended up putting his hands on a police officer and allegedly said something that could be construed as threatening. The video released of the incident shows that it was all largely innocuous, though there was no audio to hear what anybody said.

But the fact of the matter is that the issue is still pending in terms of the legal implications, and with that come further ramifications, at least hypothetically. While the Steelers may have placed him on leave and returned him to active duty within the same week, that does not mean that he is entirely in the clear.

It is quite reasonable to suspect that the league will look into disciplining the Steelers outside linebackers coach once the legal process has been carried out. The Steelers know better than any other team that they don’t even have to rely upon court rulings in order to hand out discipline, however, as they did for their quarterback even though he was never charged with a crime.

At this point, it will probably be a while before the process plays itself out. It is not at all uncommon that it takes more than an entire season for a player, for example, to actually serve a suspension for some action—again, something that the Steelers know pretty well with Le’Veon Bell.

The point is that the Steelers could down the line still have to deal with the aftermath of the incident that Porter was involved in, which could come in the form of some sort of suspension. It seems clear at this point that they are not interested in parting ways with him, but the league could take him away for a bit.

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  • JB Burgess

    Extend Tomlin at your peril. He was exposed last season. It took people awhile, I saw it 6 years ago. Lose to bad teams, can’t get the defense right, no discipline, the QB is second guessing you after 10 yrs and thinks you’re an idiot and you have a who’s who list of high round draft busts. Let Tomlin prove it this season.

  • Jon Hartman

    tomlin never had a losing season. he went to the super bowl twice and won a super bowl. he had to rebuild the team between 2012-2015, but never had a losing season. he just took the team to afc championship last year and this team is soooo young. now, this team is seasoned and they are ready for the super bowl runs until big ben hangs it up. tomlin is one of the best coaches in nfl. i smell a super bowl win or two before big ben will be done in 2019. quit hating on tomlin and enjoy the ride.

  • TV JUMPER

    Tomlin has nothing to do with the picks. Tomlin hasn’t had a losing season. The players respect him as the leader of this team. And if big Ben doesn’t respect him, we can find a QB who isn’t a rapist and doesn’t bring a cloud of bad luck with him bc the league didn’t punish him (nor the court system/white supremacy at its finest)…. you can leave with big Ben bum as.

  • Ray Powell

    Yeah, doesn’t have losing seasons, gets to Superbowls, got to the AFC Championship game last year and in surveys is one of the coaches that most players (including those about to be drafted) want to play for the most. It sounds more like you made a decision six years ago and have spent the intervening time fruitlessly trying to prove yourself right. Is he perfect? No, at least one of your points is correct, about losing to teams with a losing record. There is room for improvement. But news flash, the ownership of the Steelers (who have a well-founded reputation for hiring well) doesn’t see things from your point of view and they aren’t going to let a guy go who just got them to the verge of the Superbowl and won the division.

  • Nolrog

    Well, it’s a stretch to say he has nothing to do with the picks. He and his coaching staff have significant input into the draft rankings and strategy. Sure Colbert makes the ultimate decision but it is false to say he has nothing to do with the draft picks.

  • Rocksolid20

    He’s always had a HOF QB .