One of the biggest weaknesses the San Diego Chargers must improve on this off-season is the cornerback position. Starters Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason both struggled the past two seasons and are set to be free agents. Both could find themselves in different uniforms next season.
If either or both are allowed to walk when free agency begins in March, expect the Chargers to sign at least one starting-caliber cornerback. Third-year cornerbacks Marcus Gilchrist and Shareece Wright will also compete for starting spots, but both are inexperienced. You certainly can’t be confident in both of them as the starters, and neither will defensive coordinator John Pagano.
A name that the Chargers front office could consider is Denver Broncos free agent cornerback Tracy Porter. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy and secondary coach Ron Milus were with the Broncos last season. Though Porter was only in Denver for one year, he should be familiar with Milus and could be lured to San Diego because of the connection.
Porter appeared in just six games with the Broncos last season, due to seizure-like symptoms he experienced for much of the year. His absence allowed young cornerbacks Tony Carter and Chris Harris to emerge, which will likely mean Porter won’t be brought back.
Porter joined the Broncos last off-season, signing a one-year, $4 million contract. Given his prolonged illness, he could come even cheaper this off-season, but comes with added risk. But considering how thin the Chargers could be at the position and the extensive learning curve that young cornerbacks face, the Chargers should definitely consider signing Porter.
And maybe, he’ll regain his magic and become Peyton Manning’s nightmare once again.