Bears release Tracy Porter

The Bears have parted ways with a veteran member of their secondary.

The team announced Monday that they have released cornerback Tracy Porter. The move clears $3.6 million in cap room.

Porter spent the last two seasons with the Bears and started 28 times over that span. He had 48 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble while playing in all 16 games for Chicago last season.

Porter came into the league as a second-round pick of the Saints in 2008. He spent four years with the Saints and then spent a year each with the Broncos, Raiders and Redskins before landing with the Bears.

The Bear added Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper and B.W. Webb as free agents this offseason and could have Kyle Fuller back in the lineup at corner after he missed all of last season following knee surgery.

14 responses to “Bears release Tracy Porter

  1. He gave it his all last season but it just wasn’t enough. Fuller is likely hanging by a thread as well… he just hasn’t come along to this point like a guy picked in the top half of the 1st round should have by now.

  2. jermainewiggins says:

    As a viking fan, I want to slam a bottle of jack everytime I hear this guys’ name.
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    The great irony of that is he didn’t even have to make much of a play for crying out loud, Favre threw it across his body, across the field (both no no’s for even a high school qb) and 20 yards downfield, all Porter did was take two steps and catch a gift from the football gods.

    Try to look at the bright side, it prevented the Vikings from reaching the Superbowl where they would have set a NFL record with their 5th loss in the big game. Probably saved some lives as many Viking fans are suitably unstable to handle that level of humiliation.

  3. The Bears corners still all suck but it was time to move on from Tracy Porter. Guy gets burned all the time. Hopefully with a handful of veterans the competition can bring out the best in them.

  4. Still remember his interception of Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl. Sealed the win for the Saints. WHO DAT!!

  5. IIRC, got honorable mention in Mike Mayock’s replay recap of the BeastQuake Run…

    “…get OFF me, he says to Tracy Porter…”

  6. When your best CB is Tracy Porter on 1 leg, you don’t have any good CBs. Porter was a gamer, and made some nice plays, but he was way overmatched as a #1 CB.

  7. Thanks for saving our *** in crunch time Tracy, now bye

    – John Fox

    Seriously though, when Kyle Fuller fell apart and their secondary was banished to the netherrealm, they signed Porter off the street after he had a few down years in Washington and elsewhere. Everyone kind of dismissed him as washed up but he actually did a great job coming in and doing what he could for the Bears. As someone above said, he’s no #1, but the guy is (or was, I suppose) a really solid corner for a good long while.

  8. The odds of the Bears drafting a CB in the first or second round just went up dramatically. My guess is they go with a DE with the first pick (either J. Allen or Bennett from Tennessee who had more sacks and tackles for a loss than Allen) or Lattimore. The second round would possibly be the CB from Colorado if they draft a DE. The 3rd round could be the TE Engram from Mississippi.

    To clarify, I am not saying his is what I want them to do. I am saying based on their moves and meetings, these picks are logical. It would be nice to see them draft a QB like Nathan Peterman or Jerod Evans with a later pick.

  9. In my last comment, I meant to say BARNETT and not Bennett as a possible Bears selection.

    Maybe the Bears would be best to trade down and get Cleveland’s 12th pick, swap our 4th pick with their first pick in the second round and a later second round pick from Cleveland.

  10. As a veteran CB, he may help some teams who need leadership in locker room and depth. He will have to take less money, but don’t see him not getting picked up on a one year deal.

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