A year too late, or right on time?
Cornerback Tracy Porter, who was wooed by the Raiders last season, has agreed to a one-year, $2.5-million deal with Oakland as an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN. The Raiders have yet to confirm the signing as of Tuesday evening.
Porter, 26, instantly upgrades the Raiders secondary, provided he is healthy. Even if he had a burn rate of 65.8 percent last season, giving up 25 completions on 38 targets for 416 yards and four touchdowns. A year earlier, Porter's burn rate was 68.1 percent. No doubt he wants to prove he is still an NFL starter. There is already a level of familiarity with Raiders coach Dennis Allen, who was his position coach in New Orleans.
It was with the Saints that Porter had the game-sealing 74-yard interception return for a touchdown against Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV. Last offseason, Porter signed a one-year, $3-million deal with Denver. But an early concussion was followed by a seizure and accompanying symptoms. He appeared in just six games for the Broncos, starting four times, and had one interception, a 43-yard pick-6, with 16 passes defensed and 6 tackles.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Porter was the Saints' second-round draft pick out of Indiana in 2008 and in five NFL seasons, he has eight interceptions, with four in 2009, and one sack.
Oakland has also played host to cornerbacks Terence Newman, who re-signed with Cincinnati, and Mike Jenkins.
The Raiders also had four other cornerbacks on the roster in Phillip Adams (53.8 percent burn rate), Coye Francies, Chimdi Chekwa and converted running back Taiwan Jones, with Brandian Ross (50 percent) is an exclusive-rights free agent and Cory Nelms and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah listed as defensive backs.