2012 Saints: Will Porter hit the road?
Tracy Porter...the Saint free agent NOBODY is talking about. Is it because most think the cornerback has played his last days in Black & Gold?
The Port Allen native was the team's second round draft pick in 2008 (40th overall) and is best known for his panache for picks in the postseason of the magical Super Bowl championship year.
Porter's biggest problem is that he isn't able to stay healthy. He missed the final eleven games of his rookie season with a dislocated thumb. In '09 a knee injury kept him out of four contests. In 2010 Porter missed 4 games again with a knee injury. This past season a calf injury kept the corner back out two games.
So, in his four year career, Porter has averaged only 10.75 games a season... while averaging 48.5 tackles, 1.75 interceptions and 8.25 pass defenses a season.
Even though Porter's injury history could keep his price tag down, he still won't come cheap. There is just too great of a need league-wide to have enough manpower on defense to cover the pass happy offenses that now the fill the NFL.
The Saints will surely make an attempt to re-sign Porter if the value is right. Having third-year pro Patrick Robinson and second year man Johnny Patrick as a potential nickel back waiting in the wings could help soften the blow if Porter walks.
If I had to guess where he plays this season, I'll say the Oakland Raiders with former New Orleans defensive backs coach Dennis Allen. Other reports I've read so far have him linked to the Denver Broncos.