The Oakland Raiders have signed veteran free agent cornerback Tracy Porter, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Wednesday.
Porter, entering his sixth NFL season, played with the Denver Broncos in 2012 after spending his first four years with the New Orleans Saints. During his time in New Orleans, he was tutored by Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen, who served as defensive backs coach for the Saints from 2008-10.
The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Porter has played in 49 career games with 43 starts in five seasons. His career totals include eight interceptions, 38 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, one sack and two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Porter’s 74-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts sealed the Saints’ first NFL title.
In 2012, Porter was limited to six games with four starts after being sidelined due to health issues. He recorded a career-high four interceptions with the Saints in 2009, and played in a career-best 14 games with 11 starts in 2011.
The 26-year old entered the NFL as the Saints’ second-round selection (40th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Indiana.