It’s no secret that the cap-strapped Oakland Raiders need some help in their defensive backfield. The only problem is that they have no money to make the necessary moves.
While the Raiders have been waiting for the free agency market to play itself out, there have been a few cornerbacks who they have kept their eyes on. One of them is Tracy Porter, formerly of the Denver Broncos.
Porter is coming off of a rocky season with the Broncos during which he was routinely victimized in coverage. Although he showed some of the big-play ability that led Denver to signing him last offseason, he wasn’t the compliment to No. 1 cornerback Champ Bailey the Broncos were hoping for.
The connection between the two parties is simple. Before joining the Broncos last offseason, Porter played for the New Orleans Saints. When he was with the Saints, his defensive backs coach was Dennis Allen, who is now the coach of the Raiders. Allen saw the type of cornerback that Porter could be (picking off passes in key situations against elite quarterbacks), so it only makes sense as to why he’d want him in Oakland.
The Raiders have also reportedly been in contact with veteran cornerbacks Terence Newman and Michael Jenkins.
Newman was brought in for a visit last week, but left without a deal in place. According to reports, he’s weighing his options and is expected to decide between the Raiders and his previous team, the Cincinnati Bengals, shortly. Jenkins hasn’t visited yet, but is expected to garner some more serious interest from Oakland soon.
Considering that the Raiders currently have Chimdi Chekwa and Phillip Adams penciled in as their starting cornerbacks, something drastic needs to happen soon. Despite coming off of a down year in 2012, Porter would immediately step in as their No. 1 cornerback and would come at a decent price.
It’s only a matter of time before the Raiders make a move. If Allen wants to keep his job in 2014, complacency can’t be an option, especially with the worst roster in the NFL.