Don’t blame embattled Miami Dolphins General Manager, Jeff Ireland, for the latest bad National Football League (NFL) news to emanate from South Florida.
Retired four-time All-Pro linebacker Joey Porter, who played for the “Fins” from 2007 to 2009, and three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper who barely lasted one season on the roster (2006), are both currently facing foreclosure in the same “Sunshine State” neighborhood. South Florida Business Journal reports (here and here) that Porter is delinquent on his $2.8 million mortgage that he took out on a 10,600 sq. ft. luxury home in Southwest Ranches, while Culpepper is late on his $2.93 million loan for a similar-sized property right around the block.
Porter, according to the report, purchased the $4 million, 2.3-acre property in 2007, which is around the time he came over from the Pittsburgh Steelers after inking a five-year, $32 million contract. In addition to not paying his mortgage, Porter has stiffed the Homeowner’s Association, which filed a lien against him for unpaid dues that date back to 2011.
Culpepper, meanwhile, dropped $3.67 million on his slice of paradise after coming over from the Minnesota Vikings in a trade, earning $8 million guaranteed in his first year. Unfortunately, Culpepper — who was coming off major knee surgery — struggled, was placed on injured reserve after just four games and cut when the season concluded. The Ocala, Fla., native — who starred at Central Florida University — washed out of the league after three more seasons and two different teams.
One can only hope that the Dolphins latest high-profile off-season acquisitions, wide receiver Mike Wallace and linebacker Daniel Ellerbe, have better luck on (and off) the gridiron.