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Raiders sign Tracy Porter

Oakland Raiders Denarius Moore makes a 37 yard reception while being pressured Denver Broncos Tracy Porter during their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado Reuters

Tracy Porter will be staying in the AFC West but leaving Denver.

The Raiders have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Porter, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Although Porter opened the 2012 season as a starting cornerback in Denver, he began having health problems in October that were apparently linked to a seizure he suffered in the preseason, and he missed most of the rest of the year. Porter thought he was capable of playing and expressed some displeasure at being sidelined, but when he finally returned to the field in December he suffered a concussion in his first game back and didn’t play for the Broncos again.

When the Broncos added veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie it became clear that Porter wouldn’t be back. Now the 26-year-old Porter will go to Oakland, and if he’s healthy, he’s a solid addition to the Raiders’ secondary.

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  1. mjhutmkr says: Apr 2, 2013 11:50 AM

    Wahoo!!

  2. toybkshr says: Apr 2, 2013 11:51 AM

    Good gamble by the Raiders

  3. JMClarkent says: Apr 2, 2013 11:52 AM

    If healthy, I like this move. He is young and has something to prove.

  4. radrntn says: Apr 2, 2013 11:53 AM

    thats good….keep adding depth to the team, and let guys battle it out for a spot on the 53.

  5. tdubdizzle says: Apr 2, 2013 11:55 AM

    The Raiders are for real.

  6. torontobergy says: Apr 2, 2013 11:56 AM

    Good move big Reg. Keep on keepin on!

  7. frankiemontana says: Apr 2, 2013 11:56 AM

    Welcome to Oakland,

  8. justwinsomeday says: Apr 2, 2013 11:58 AM

    Another logical gamble and staying true to the plan. Common sense in Oakland….how refreshing.

  9. indyraiderfan says: Apr 2, 2013 11:59 AM

    One of the few Hoosier pros…

  10. raideralex99 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:00 PM

    Great another one year deal … you would figure Reggie would have learned from the Wheeler mistake.

  11. National Fanatic says: Apr 2, 2013 12:00 PM

    He’s a good corner back and knows the division well. I like him better than Champ Bailey… but that’s just me.

  12. mrphatal says: Apr 2, 2013 12:00 PM

    Why would they want him when Asomugha is available??
    Just Joking, who really wants Asomugha?

  13. raiderrob21 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:01 PM

    Go Reggie, Go Reggie!!!!

  14. indyraiderfan says: Apr 2, 2013 12:01 PM

    He also brings a ring into the locker room, that he won with the Saints.

  15. lightcleric says: Apr 2, 2013 12:02 PM

    Solid pick up by Oakland. Wish he would have come back to the Saints, dude made so many plays in that Super Bowl year.

    Best of luck to him and hope he’s fully healthy!

  16. goraidersgospurs says: Apr 2, 2013 12:02 PM

    nice Big Reg, we true Raiders fans are please with your offseason moves!!!

  17. nflfolly says: Apr 2, 2013 12:03 PM

    Another DB with health issues wow what a great move. Typical bad move by the Gm Reggie Mckenzie . Last year he signed two db’s with health issues . Both barely played and when they did they were horrible. Reggie M. one of the worst GM’s in the league.

  18. Raider-in-PA says: Apr 2, 2013 12:10 PM

    SWEET!! although I wanted him last year….

  19. briscocountyjr says: Apr 2, 2013 12:10 PM

    The photo says it all. Good luck with yuor desperation signings Jokeland, Reggie is going to keep slobbing his way to mediocrity. Cheers!

  20. hempoilcures says: Apr 2, 2013 12:11 PM

    why do my comments keep being removed?

  21. benroethlisberger7 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:12 PM

    Super Bowl?

  22. benroethlisberger7 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:12 PM

    Dream team?

  23. listenup823 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:12 PM

    Funny how Raider fans are gushing over this guy… Porter was non existent last year.. Good luck

  24. gibbyfan says: Apr 2, 2013 12:13 PM

    I tend to agree with you on this one NFLFOllY–Seizure issues sound anything but trivial—Hope it works out

  25. piratesofthecoliseum says: Apr 2, 2013 12:13 PM

    Awesome pick by RM!!! Now just need to trade Palmer and try and get something out of Rolando McClain and I will be stoked!! Keep it going Big Reg!!!! GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!

  26. Raider-in-PA says: Apr 2, 2013 12:16 PM

    Love that Oakland can get hated on for signing a DB…

    Keep on hating, you’ll really hate us after your loser of a team gets their arses whipped by the ‘mediocre’ Silver & Black..

  27. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 2, 2013 12:17 PM

    toybkshr says: Apr 2, 2013 11:51 AM

    Good gamble by the Raiders
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    Can’t call it a good gamble unless it pays off. It’s called a BIG gamble as of now. He could start doing the fish out of water anytime.

  28. phadedwun says: Apr 2, 2013 12:19 PM

    One year contract.

    So – just like Wheeler, if he plays well he will pick up a nicer contract with another team the year after.

  29. jackers252 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:20 PM

    Solid signing. Raiders head coach was a DB coach for the Saints when Porter was there. He knows exactly what he is getting with Porter on a deal that is very franchise friendly. I was hoping we’d re-sign him down in NOLA.

  30. nolahxc says: Apr 2, 2013 12:20 PM

    TP was at his best in New Orleans working under Dennis Allen. Great pick up for Oakland! Still wish he could have come back to NOLA, but I think this is a good move for him.

  31. masterblaster78 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:25 PM

    Welcome to the Silver and Black. Let’s hope things work out for you here and if you have a good year, you’ll stay a few more.

  32. ern215 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:26 PM

    lets go reggie mac, real nice!!!!

  33. rukkus1 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:26 PM

    I hate to jinx you guys, but i have admit… raiders are starting to look like a dream team

  34. ern215 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:27 PM

    mike jenkins would be a nice signing as well.

  35. hpeters77 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:28 PM

    Man I thought he was coming back to the saints

  36. njraiderfan19 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:39 PM

    My daughter has a history of seizures, so I wish this young man good health. If he can stay healthy, it’s a great gamble by Reggie. Quality player with championship experience at a bargain….RM is really staying on point. I hope this one pays off for everyone, especially Porter.

  37. nflhof says: Apr 2, 2013 12:44 PM

    I bet it was a “tarp friendly” contract

  38. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 2, 2013 12:48 PM

    Raider-in-PA says: Apr 2, 2013 12:16 PM

    Love that Oakland can get hated on for signing a DB…

    Keep on hating, you’ll really hate us after your loser of a team gets their arses whipped by the ‘mediocre’ Silver & Black..
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    So, with all these block busting moves you’re expecting double the amount of wins this year? Reach high dude but remember: you’ll still be top 5 next year…. in the draft.

  39. racerx1225 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:52 PM

    Also now we have a little money to work with and Palmer is about to go and so we will have the draft for a DT and another CB and a 2nd round of FA for a S and another CB for depth, maybe resign Andre Carter or another DE too.

    Flynn is a solid pickup and so is Porter if he’s healthy.

  40. raidermike34 says: Apr 2, 2013 12:53 PM

    Great Solid Pick-Up –
    All we need now is another CB, Hopefully Mike Jenkins comes on board – Leon McFadden as a 3rd rd. pick-up from San Diego State, would be nice addition as well if he is still available in the 3rd Rd.. Philip Adams will step up huge this year – Ya never Know Nmandi may come back for a hometown discount -

  41. piratesofthecoliseum says: Apr 2, 2013 12:53 PM

    To all the “really smart” people commenting…the raiders were trying to keep wheeler until the dolphins WAY over paid him!! Next year we’re gonna be in a better cap situation and be able to sign some of the guys we’re signing to 1 year contracts (if they perform well) So just stop with the whole Wheeler thing u sound ignorant!!

  42. laserrocketarm12 says: Apr 2, 2013 1:09 PM

    Very solid signing, a good player who will help out the Silver & Black immediately.

    Only complaint? It’s a one year deal, and if he balls out like expected, he’ll likely jump ship to a contending team in 2014.

  43. rdrs68 says: Apr 2, 2013 1:17 PM

    Maybe just maybe we are seeing some light at the end of the dark tunnel Big Al had the team in.

  44. fistoftheraven says: Apr 2, 2013 1:18 PM

    Let’s see if they lose the “Black Hole” moniker this year. . .

  45. noflawz87 says: Apr 2, 2013 1:20 PM

    Good pick up !!! Raidernation!!!!!!!! Id like to have seen mike jenkins as well !!!!

  46. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Apr 2, 2013 1:22 PM

    Stop with the one year deal stuff.

    For once they aren’t overpaying and commiting just to commit like the old regime did. They are trying to get all the way out of cap hell, not just kinda out of it.

    And if Porter is expected to “ball out” why wasn’t he one of the first CBs signed?

    Trust in Big Reg, the Raiders are being built with a plan in mind, not just overpaying to fill holes.

  47. spellingcops says: Apr 2, 2013 1:24 PM

    National Fanatic says: Apr 2, 2013 12:00 PM

    He’s a good corner back and knows the division well. I like him better than Champ Bailey… but that’s just me.
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    That’s because you’re really stupid. He couldn’t even beat out a couple of undrafted FAs when he was healthy, let alone Champ Freaking Bailey.

  48. thraiderskin says: Apr 2, 2013 1:26 PM

    He is a great addition to the Raiders, considering what our CB situation was. Good pull RM.

  49. whatjusthapped says: Apr 2, 2013 1:30 PM

    Tracy Porter would like to thank Brett Favre and the Vikings for making his name relevant.

  50. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Apr 2, 2013 1:33 PM

    This season reminds me a lot of the 2002 season for the Oakland Raiders. If you are a Raiders fan you got to be happy today. Raiders have been quietly signing veteran guys that can still produce for a year or 2, guys that have a chip on their shoulder. You think Tracy Porter is going to be pumped up to play Denver? Heres a guy who got to watch Manning all year. Raiders also got a franchise QB in Matt Flynn. I believe Raiders are going to be a lot better than people think. I see this team winning 9 games this year. Raiders could even make the playoffs. The talent is there I believe. Now it comes down to coaching.

  51. broncosnative says: Apr 2, 2013 1:37 PM

    He’s a good corner back and knows the division well. I like him better than Champ Bailey… but that’s just me.

    Yeah, raiders just signed a revis like corner, bailey is still one of the best out there. There’s a reason denver didnt rush to put porter back in the line up even though he could’ve played, go look back at the broncos texans game and you’ll find out.

  52. robf2010 says: Apr 2, 2013 1:40 PM

    Most of Tracy’s injuries in New Orleans were bad luck injuries but seizures/concussions are different. Dennis Allen couldn’t keep him on the field in New New Orleans before these new complications. He can play pretty good if he can play.

  53. ascensionparish says: Apr 2, 2013 1:43 PM

    whatjusthapped says:Apr 2, 2013 1:30 PM

    Tracy Porter would like to thank Brett Favre and the Vikings for making his name relevant.
    …………………………………………………………..

    Except that he did it again two weeks later in the SUPER BOWL when he took Peyton Manning to the house.

  54. sb44champs says: Apr 2, 2013 1:45 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Apr 2, 2013 1:30 PM
    Tracy Porter would like to thank Brett Favre and the Vikings for making his name relevant.
    ===========================
    And don’t forget…. to thank the almighty Peyton Manning as well.. That Pick 6 was awesome..

  55. feelnsavage says: Apr 2, 2013 1:48 PM

    smh why the Panthers has not done this…. I do not know…. Why havent they inquired about Brandon Lloyd or Laurent Robinson… IDK!!!!!!!! Gettlemen wth!?

  56. raidermick says: Apr 2, 2013 1:55 PM

    Yes, this is refreshing. I like what they are doing.
    However, I wanted to mention that the media wont stop bagging on Al Davis and I am sick of hearing how the Raiders sucked with Al in charge. Let me say this, Al was the only owner in the NFL that consistenlty went to the Conference or League Championships in each decade he was in charge. EACH DECADE. He also died as the King of the AFC WEST with 3 SB rings- Some will say, Mick, that was along time ago. I say okay, let’s talk about this century – Al had his team in 2 more AFC Conference Championship games and is the still one of the very few owners that have got their team to the SB this century-As a matter of fact, he is the only owner in the AFC WEST that has gone to the SB this century – Most footabll fans would agree that the Raiders of the early 2000′s were scary good and if not for a couple of really bad breaks who knows what they may have accomplished.
    Again some will say, yes but since then Al lost it and the Raiders have never been the same.
    Well , I say, not really. The year Al died he fielded a team that was very good. As a matter of fact that team not only was 7-4 at one point, they ended up sweeping the entire AFC WEST, which they are the still the kings of. If not for the two key injuries to his starting QB and starting RB (who was the yardage leader when he got hurt) the raiders would have went far in the playoffs. Again right to the year he died Al had his team (good decisions, bad decisions and whatever else you want o throw in the mix) poised for greatness. Yes, 2011 was not that long ago and Al was reaching the top once again in the newest decade. Then the injuries…
    it’s good to see some interesting moves in this off season – but let’s get real about the results from Al instead of what he did right or wrong in the process

    Late…

  57. broncosnative says: Apr 2, 2013 1:56 PM

    This season reminds me a lot of the 2002 season for the Oakland Raiders. If you are a Raiders fan you got to be happy today. Raiders have been quietly signing veteran guys that can still produce for a year or 2, guys that have a chip on their shoulder. You think Tracy Porter is going to be pumped up to play Denver? Heres a guy who got to watch Manning all year. Raiders also got a franchise QB in Matt Flynn. I believe Raiders are going to be a lot better than people think. I see this team winning 9 games this year. Raiders could even make the playoffs. The talent is there I believe. Now it comes down to coaching.

    ROTFLMAO! Franchise QB? 9 wins? Make the playoffs? What crack are you on? Doesn’t matter how pumped porter would with playing the broncos twice, raiders still have to cover Thomas, decker, welker, dressen and tamme. Not to mention what defense Flynn has to face twice a year and that’s not including the much improved chiefs. Fact is denver is not going anywhere but number one in the west and I’m not just saying that because I bleed orange and blue, they have the most complete team in the nfl period. Cheifs will take second place, lets face it, Alex smith is better than Flynn, Reid is better than Allen, Charles is better than DMC, well you get where I’m going with this I hope. It’ll be the raiders and chargers competing for the third spot, I guess I could give the silver and black the edge due to them having the slight better roster. I’m not trying to hate on the raiders or am I, they are making moves to clear up cap for the future and getting rid of the overpaid, I still don’t see them going over .500 but they should improve by 3 more wins. This team is in rebuilding mode, they’re not even thinking about SB at this stage, it’s gonna take some time to fix all the damages that was done. Right now CAP is their focus point for next year to add some real talent

  58. slickster35 says: Apr 2, 2013 1:56 PM

    There’s a reason no one else wanted him.

    And when I say “no one”, I mean “no one”.

    That’s the only way players end up on that roster.

  59. randyschwimmer7 says: Apr 2, 2013 2:00 PM

    I love all the delusional fans on here touting the signing as good. Porter has NEVER been healthy for a full season. He was replaced last year by an undrafted free agent and the UDFA played ten times better than him even when Porter was playing.

    Also, if you watch the tape of his few games that he played in for Denver, he got abused multiple times, in all of the games he played in but the opening game against Pitt. You can’t sign someone from Denver to make yourself “good” when the guy can’t even play more than 5 games. But yeah…GOOD GAMBLE!!! LOL.

  60. randyschwimmer7 says: Apr 2, 2013 2:10 PM

    Oh man, I had no idea how bad off the Raider fans really are. The Raiders have NOT BEEN GOOD FOR OVER A DECADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You haven’t even been over .500 since 2002. The team is the bottom feeders of the NFL. Matt Flynn is NOT a franchise QB…He has only played in TWO NFL games…and that was when he had a real team around him. You really think that the receivers he had in GB made him look that much better? If you really think that Porter is a good signing, you haven’t watched him play in a few years. Never played a full season….He is one concussion away from being completely done in the NFL. But good signing….get pumped… Signing Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Louis Vasquez, Joel Dreessen, Jacob Tamme, DRC, Terrance Knighton, the list goes on…THOSE ARE GOOD SIGNINGS!!!

  61. stevincinci says: Apr 2, 2013 2:12 PM

    Raiders wanted Terrance Newman instead of Porter. But Terrance was smart and resigned with the Bengals, even though Raiders offered more. What does that tell you.

  62. sidneyz says: Apr 2, 2013 2:21 PM

    Reggie is making sound decisions on low risk gambles with high up side. Quite a contrast to the big name free agent signings of high priced players with tons of luggage that Al loved to aquire. It was a crap shoot at best in Oakland the last 10 years. This is going to be a slow and painful process for the Raider faithful but it’s the path we must take to get back to greatness.

  63. raiderredleg says: Apr 2, 2013 2:31 PM

    “Bartell and Spencer Part Duex” coming to a NFL stadium near you in 2013!

    Gonna need a miracle in this month’s draft or a four win season might become impossible.

  64. lunarpie says: Apr 2, 2013 2:33 PM

    Porter will be the INT difference Oakland needs when playing in Denver against Peyton Manning. Just can someone explain the seizures?!?!?!

  65. noflawz87 says: Apr 2, 2013 2:42 PM

    Lol raider haters , peyton is ONE good hit from being done !!! Welker is good in the “brady” wave !!! People act like reggie can make us into a contender over night ..?!? Who ever did that ..?!? RM drafted flynn…everyone always brings ppl they draft to a new team… Whats the biggie.?! After peyton is done the broncos are not talked about for a while offensively and willis is ALWAYS hurt!!! Little by little we making moves !!! Al davis had us screwed up by only drafting people for speed… We in the right direction now … RELAX!!!

  66. noflawz87 says: Apr 2, 2013 2:45 PM

    Peyton is NOT winning anymore super bowls… Hate to break it to you broncos fans !!! This guy has 2 yrs at most to play !!! Defenses are getting faster couple hits he ll be done for it !!!

  67. returntoexcellence says: Apr 2, 2013 3:04 PM

    raideralex99 says:
    Apr 2, 2013 12:00 PM
    Great another one year deal … you would figure Reggie would have learned from the Wheeler mistake.
    ___________________________________

    Difference being is that Porter has had the seizures and missed most of 2012 due to injury. Without that I’m sure he would have offered more but to be fair, we have to see if this kid will be okay and if he can still ball.

  68. raiderdaddy says: Apr 2, 2013 3:18 PM

    the cheaper re-tooling continues! RAAIIIDDDDERRRZ!!

  69. cecil27 says: Apr 2, 2013 3:48 PM

    He’s a good corner back and knows the division well. I like him better than Champ Bailey… but that’s just me.

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    God I love Raiders fans. You guys would cheer a block of wood if it agreed to terms with your garbage team. That might be the single most delusional thing anyone has ever written on this site, which is saying a lot.

  70. mungman69 says: Apr 2, 2013 4:21 PM

    Yes, IF healthy!

  71. denbronx says: Apr 2, 2013 5:33 PM

    Porters good when he’s on the field. The problem is he never sees the field because of health concerns. Kind of wished Denver would have gave him one more year. But can’t deny DRC is an upgrade plus we still have Champ (top 5 cb in NFL) and Chris freakin Harris who yes will see a pro bowl soon. No room for a guy who never plays. You can’t make the club in the tub. Broncos to win the division uuhhhhhhgain!!!

  72. r8ers3xsbchamps says: Apr 2, 2013 6:19 PM

    ….

  73. raiderapologist says: Apr 2, 2013 8:49 PM

    stevincinci says: Apr 2, 2013 2:12 PM

    Raiders wanted Terrance Newman instead of Porter. But Terrance was smart and resigned with the Bengals, even though Raiders offered more. What does that tell you.
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    It tells me the Raiders didn’t offer enough more to persuade Newman to change teams. If the Raiders had signed Newman it doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have signed Porter, either. They have no CB depth.

  74. prideandpoise says: Apr 2, 2013 10:00 PM

    stevincinci says: Apr 2, 2013 2:12 PM

    Raiders wanted Terrance Newman instead of Porter. But Terrance was smart and resigned with the Bengals, even though Raiders offered more. What does that tell you.

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    After looking at the numbers, the Raiders only offered Newman roughly $500k more. He gave them the hometown discount.

    That’s it, get over it.

  75. darthraider520 says: Apr 3, 2013 2:50 AM

    Peyton Manning’s best years are behind him. As far as TP is concerned, I dunno. We’ll see, but I have faith that McKenzie will fix our cap situation which is most important as of now.

  76. nikroll101 says: Apr 5, 2013 1:41 AM

    Only reason this is a good move by the Raiders is because it gives them an infiltration into Del Rio’s defense. We ended up not playing him because Tony Carter stepped up at the right time. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If he hadn’t gotten beat deep twice in the Texans game we would’ve never sat him. Porter seems to excel at short to intermediate coverage shown by his unforgettable Super Bowl pick-6 and his game sealing pick-6 in the home opener last year in Denver. His one dimensional game won’t get him far in the league unless he works on his deep ball coverage, specifically double move deep routes. Once it’s on tape his game is exposed and teams will take advantage. It seemed as though he was “diagnosed” with his condition after the loss to the Texans. Unfortunately when he was given another chance he got a concussion. Regardless of his play they will have some sort of shot of predicting Denver’s defensive schemes next year.

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