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New Orleans Saints Rumors: Former Super Bowl Hero Returning to Team?

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints might have their team hero in quarterback Drew Brees, but the undeniable hero in their Super Bowl XLIV victory was defensive back Tracy Porter. After leaving the Saints last season to join the Denver Broncos and the man–Peyton Manning–he so famously picked off in that Super Bowl, rumors are that Porter and the Saints are on speaking terms again.

Sources have confirmed that Porter visited with the Saints on Monday, and that he is being courted to make a return to the team where his spent the first four years of his career.

The Saints are working hard to upgrade themselves in the defensive secondary, having already signed former Pittsburgh Steelers standout Keenan Lewis, and have also been in talks with All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. It could be that the interest in Porter is a backup plan if things don’t go the Saints way with the Asomugha decision, who is also talking with the San Francisco 49ers.

It would only make sense that Porter would be looked at as a Plan B or even a possible reserve. Outside of his heroics in that Super Bowl, Porter has had a fairly average career. He’s never had more than four interceptions in one season (2009), and last season with the Broncos he was hampered with injuries all season, as well as dealing with the effects of a seizure. Porter only saw action in six games, starting four of them.

The Saints primary target has to be Asomugha, as they are looking for more than just pedestrian play at corner, but I’m sure that Porter would feel more comfortable in his home state and team.

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Michael Collins is a Rant Sports Senior Writer, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook