Raiders bringing in free agent corner Tracy Porter for a visit

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Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that free agent cornerback Tracy Porter is scheduled to visit the Oakland Raiders’ facilities “in the next couple of days.”

Porter, 25, enjoyed his best two NFL seasons in 2009 and 2010 with the Saints. New Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was New Orleans’ secondary coach at the time, and that’s a pretty strong coaching staff connection.

The Raiders signed Ronald Bartell last Friday night, but they’re not done trying to upgrade a cornerback corps short on experience after the releases of Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson.

Porter can play right cornerback and cover the slot. He is the No. 35 overall player on the PFT Hot 100.

27 responses to “Raiders bringing in free agent corner Tracy Porter for a visit

  1. A much needed signing, one that shouldnt break the bank. He’s young and still entering is prime, the fact reggie and allen are interested should be a good sign. A strong pass rush can cover up any secondary issues anyways. Now if only we can get some LBs and a NT in the mix to stop the run…..we’d be in good shape.

  2. Now THAT’S the story I’ve been waiting/hoping to hear!!! Sign him, Reggie!! Young and proven quality CB is what this defensive backfield is in desperate need of!!

    I’ll be anxiously watching for the headline ‘Oakland signs Porter’!!

  3. Porter had his Super Bowl moment, but is an average CB who went to the Deion Sanders school of tackling. There is a reason he hasn’t drawn much interest.

  4. Only question is… how many games will he be suspended for his involvement in the Saints pay for crippling program?

  5. The Raiders will slowly add until the cap structure is fixed. The team should really start becoming a 2 headed offense an defenive monster in the seasons to follow.

  6. Signing Porter would be a good, solid move. We don’t need high profile free agents. I really like how Reggie McKenzie is handling free agency. Sitting back and finding guys that fill needs at reasonable prices. If he signs Porter, then he can move on to finding a TE that can replace Boss (and stay healthy). It’ll be intersting to see how long Heward-Bey lasts under the new leadership. High price and marginally productive doesn’t fit the McKenzie plan.

  7. letmesetyoustraight says: Mar 18, 2012 11:32 PM

    Porter had his Super Bowl moment, but is an average CB who went to the Deion Sanders school of tackling. There is a reason he hasn’t drawn much interest.
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    That’s funny because the Saints are trying to keep him, while the Rams, Bengals and now the Raiders are interested too.

  8. letmesetyoustraight says:
    Mar 18, 2012 11:32 PM
    Porter had his Super Bowl moment, but is an average CB who went to the Deion Sanders school of tackling. There is a reason he hasn’t drawn much interest.

    100% agree.

    It’s quite apparent none of you Raider fans have actually watched this guy play over the last 4 years.

  9. I take it the Raiders are no longer a strictly man to man scheme now? I think that’s a good thing. Very few teams still do and it’s very difficult to find guys who can play in it at a high level. I don’t know what defense the Saints ran but I can’t recall anyone saying they did man coverage. I’m thinking some cover 2 hybrid or some sort. If that’s the case and the Raiders are moving towards that direction then Porter would be a good haul.

    It also gives the kids like Chekwa and DVD, who flashed promise, to learn a modern style. I’m still worried about the #2 corner, and the slot and nickel guys, but there seems to be a plan in place that will fill those. I hope.

    Anyway, ramble mode off – He would be a good start to FA for the modernization of the Raiders.

  10. The Raiders are making sensible signings. Hopefully this will be another one. Rumors is that the Raiders are also bringing in Texan TE Joel Dreessen. Which would be another well thought out solid signing. Go RAIDERS!!!

  11. We need to get Porter in, we already got bartell would is a man to man guy, porter is good on the right side or the slot, and we also brought in S. Spencer, that combined with the promise of Van Dyke and Chekwa would lead to a good secondary

  12. makes complete sense to keep Huff at free safety. Lets sign Branch to a long term deal, and clear even more space.

    Still need to get a veteran TE maybe clark, or shiancoe….. wonder if Albert Haynesworth is worth taking a look at to add depth on the d-line for the right price.

    I guess LB and O-line can be found in the mid rounds of the draft.

    GO RAIDERS!

  13. It’ll be intersting to see how long Heward-Bey lasts under the new leadership. High price and marginally productive doesn’t fit the McKenzie plan.

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    64 catches, 44 first downs and was limited in 3-4 games is just what the raiders need.

  14. DHB aint going nowhere!!! no way Reggie lets him go! But as far as TE goes….Bring in the “Aus” and let him do his thing. This dude Ausberry is a beast over the middle!!! get him on the line! Porter would be huge for us! That would make the DB core one of the most premier backing core’s when theses guys start to gel together!!!! Wimbley may even come back with his tail between his legs cuz I aint seeing nobody running to the bank for this dude! Come on really? Put all theses new pieces together and im smelling a Lombardie trophy!!!! We got yer back Reggie keep up the good work brotha! Just win BABY!!!!

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