Joey Porter Plans to Retire a Steeler

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 19: Jason Snelling #44 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by Joey Porter #55 of the Arizona Cardinals at Georgia Dome on September 19 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

NFL.com reporter Ian Rappaport was on a driving range with former Steelers OLB Joey Porter today, and Porter mentioned he has his retirement plans all set in his head.

Porter wants to retire a Steeler, the team with which he started his 13-year career in 1999.

In fact, Porter says he's already been in contact with Steelers president Art Rooney II and general manager Kevin Colbert.

Says Porter:

"I plan on retiring this year," Porter said. "I already talked to the Steelers, put some plans together on signing with the Steelers and retiring as a Steeler. It was a good career. I have no regrets about nothing."

Porter, a member of the Steelers' 75th Anniversary All Time Team, would finish this season with 98 sacks and 12 interceptions as a member of the Steelers, the Miami Dolphins and the Arizona Cardinals.

No formal announcement has been made to this point, but it's likely "J-Peezy" would be welcomed back with open arms. He left the organization as a free agent in 2006, signing with the Dolphins, notching a career-high 17.5 sacks in 2008.

He never returned to the same fearsome level he had achieved in Pittsburgh, being named to the Pro Bowl in just that 2008 season.

Porter, 35, was the only linebacker named to the Steelers' All Time Team to play in the new millennium.

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