When general manager Reggie McKenzie signed veteran cornerback Tracy Porter, it seemed like nothing but a stop-gap solution for the horrendous Oakland Raiders secondary. However, the former Super Bowl hero Porter has had a remarkable season so far in the silver and black. Although Porter’s career got off to a rocky start, partly because he naively thought he would be able to don Charles Woodson‘s number 24 jersey.
After a forgettable season with the hated Denver Broncos, Porter was signed to a cheap one year contract. Head coach Dennis Allen was actually Porter’s position coach when they won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints. The Raiders defense has looked light years ahead of last year’s squad because they are finally able to run Allen’s hybrid defense.
In six games this season, Porter already has 37 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 6 pass deflections. Porter has been the perfect slot corner for Allen’s hybrid scheme. Not only does Porter have the tackling ability to bring down a running back or quarterback off of a nickel blitz but Porter has shown he has play maker instincts. Although Porter still does not have an interception this season he has been close to grabbing a few. Porter held his own against the vaunted Broncos passing attack and has gotten better throughout the season.
The Raiders will have up to 70 million dollars in cap room next season. Obviously, Porter has played his way into a better contract but he should still be a relatively cheap player to bring back. With DJ Hayden expected to solidify one starting cornerback option, the Raiders would still need to upgrade their other starting cornerback position.