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Raiders stay on defensive, sign Porter

The Raiders remained primarily in a defensive stance with regard to free agency Wednesday, announcing the signing of cornerback Tracy Porter.

Porter, whose pending deal with the Raiders was reported by ESPN Tuesday, is the seventh defensive player added to the roster since free agency began.

Given how thin the Raiders are at cornerback, Porter, 26 and coming off an injury-plagued season, with the Denver Broncos, is a likely starter.

At present, the only other cornerbacks on the roster are Chimdi Chekwa, Brandian Ross and Phillip Adams, who have a combined total of four NFL starts.

A veteran of 43 starts over five seasons, Porter has eight career interceptions and two regular-season touchdowns, not including a 74-yard interception return against Peyton Manning for the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen was the defensive backs coach for the Saints when Porter was a starter there.

Last season, Porter experienced had issues with seizure-like symptoms in August and October and was limited to six games and four starts. When his medication was regulated and Porter returned to action in December, he sustained a concussion that sidelined him for the rest of the season.

Since free agency opened, the Raiders have signed linebackers Kaluka Maiava (Cleveland), Nick Roach (Chicago) and Kevin Burnett (Miami), defensive tackles Pat Sims (Cincinnati) and Vance Walker (Atlanta) and defensive end Jason Hunter (Denver).

Offensive tackle Alex Barron (St. Louis) is the lone offensive free agent signed from outside the organization.

Nine Raiders who were either released or had their contracts expire have signed with other teams: punter Shane Lechler (Houston), safety Michael Huff (Baltimore), defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (Arizona), tight end Brandon Myers (N.Y. Giants), running back Mike Goodson (N.Y. Jets), defensive tackle Desmond Bryant (Cleveland), linebacker Philip Wheeler (Miami), safety Mike Mitchell (Carolina) and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (Colts).

– Quarterback Matt Flynn will wear No. 15 for the Raiders. He is the fourth quarterback in franchise history to wear No. 15, joining Jeff Hostetler (1993-96), Mike Rae (1976-77) and Tom Flores (1960-66).

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  • dr ice 2012

    Charlie Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 6:49 am
    McClain’s situation has a lot to do with his contract.
    Very confident he is gone. Simply a timing issue to minimize cap damage.

    There are two major exceptions to this general rule. With players released or traded after June 1, only the current year’s proration counts towards the cap while the proration from the remaining contract years doesn’t accelerate until the next year. A team can also release two players each year prior to June 1st that will be treated under the cap as if they were released after June 1. This is commonly referred to as a post-June 1 designation.
    =================
    i got a question maybe someone can answer i read if we used palmer post-June 1 designation it would be only 2.75 mil hit against this years cap the remaining 7.25 mil can b prorated next to next years cap and we r gonna have a ton of cap space about 38 mil can we still do that?

  • bcz24

    Where did you see that Winston is looking for $7 million per year? It’s pretty rare for a free agent to mention publicly his contract demands, AND what info are you using to come to the conclusion that SD AZ and MIA think he is a ‘POS’??

  • RaiderFredinDallas

    10 Greatest Raiders of all TIME!

  • DMAC

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 11:57 am

    @DMAC

    if SD, AZ & MIA all think Winston is a POS why should we pay him the $7 mil per season he thinks he’s worth?

    no thanks.. I’ll take Barnes/Bergs at RT
    =====

    False start Barnes is going to get Flynn killed.

  • rediaR

    Raiderinparadise Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 11:57 am
    Anyone think Domenik Hixon is worth signing from Giants? I think he is just kinda the same mold of a lot of the guys we already have.

    I really want Mike Jenkins, he has some raider swagger to him.
    —————–
    My thoughts on WR this year is just bring em in to compete. Let the best guys win. I doubt we get the true #1 we are looking for this year so take some chances in camp.

  • Plunketthead

    Notice how Rice at Rutgers hit the news just in time to push cheating refs to the back page?

    The pac-12 needs to fire that guy
    Instead they circle the wagons and claim he was just joking after the cheating refs give him a Technical?

    I call BS on all the scummy lying cheats

  • RaiderRockstar

    FA QB’s

    Caleb Hanie
    Kellen Clemens
    Brady Quinn
    John Skelton
    Tyler Thigpen

    give me Thigpen!

  • DMAC

    Purvis

    Its all good. Your in, but you do have to spark a fatty 2night to celebrate.
    Welcome brother

  • guest123

    Reggie will take the high road and not call Carson on the claim that he was to receive no gtd money. That statement doesn’t hold water. Why would he offer $10 million if he thought so much of him and not give him gtd $$$

    But he thinks obviously less of Flynn and give him a boatload of gtd $$$.

    We probably won’t hear the truth like I said, Reggie won’t dignify that with a response. I think Carson is lying thru his teeth.

  • bcz24

    i got a question maybe someone can answer i read if we used palmer post-June 1 designation it would be only 2.75 mil hit against this years cap the remaining 7.25 mil can b prorated next to next years cap and we r gonna have a ton of cap space about 38 mil can we still do that?
    ***************
    Because Palmer was traded, the Post June 1 designation does not apply. Had we cut Palmer we could have split the dead money, but since we traded him we eat the whole 9.3 mill this year.

  • RaiderRockstar

    no thanks to vet QB’s Vince Young, Byron Leftwich, Charlie Batch, Matt Leinart & Jordan Palmer !!

  • rediaR

    Lol, should have replaced Carson with Jordan Palmer.

  • DJ Johnny

    Palmer this Palmer that. It’s fine to hate on Palmer but since HE was 4-12 and gets all the heat for us sucking now that HE is gone why does anyone think WE are gonna still suck?

    If it was Palmer that doomed us with his record setting int’s and threw a pick 6 everytime he stepped back to pass, than why ANY gloom and doom?

    I mean, Reggie gave him all the tools he needed with the world class receiving corps, top notch running game and not to mention the top 5 defense.

    We’re all good now right?

  • RaiderDebo

    J Hill Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 10:28 am
    So E J Manuel is headed to the green room, eh?

    WOW!

    Dude is a 1st round pick.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Give it a week and there will be unnamed sources questioning his “work ethic” and “love of the game”.

  • R8ER MIKE

    DMAC Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    Purvis

    Its all good. Your in, but you do have to spark a fatty 2night to celebrate.
    Welcome brother

    *************************
    welcome to the GreenParty sir !!!
    now puff puff pass !!!

  • DMAC

    Don’t you guys realize that whomever we play, our opponents are going to send their best pass rusher on false start Barnes?
    He aight in run blocking, but the dude is going to get Flynn killed. TP6 will be running for his life.
    We need a RT, unless Bergs wakes the fk up and mans up.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Bcz

    please answer the question of RaidingTexas (comment #3)

    My response was comment #30. I punted

  • R8ER MIKE

    rediaR Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    Lol, should have replaced Carson with Jordan Palmer.

    ****************
    as long as he agrees to wear #3 so i can keep on wearing my jersey !!

  • DMAC

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    FA QB’s

    Caleb Hanie
    Kellen Clemens
    Brady Quinn
    John Skelton
    Tyler Thigpen

    give me Thigpen!
    ======

    No luv for Southwick?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lol, should have replaced Carson with Jordan Palmer.

    ***

    @Redia

    we still can!

    we’re currently looking for a 3rd string clipboard holder and somebody to hold for Seabass (or a new kicker) that would be awkward at Thanksgiving & Christmas though, lol

  • NGRaiderfan

    According to the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals were “not impressed” with free agent RT Eric Winston’s tape.
    It appears most of the league isn’t, as Winston has made just two visits since the start of free agency, and couldn’t land deals with tackle-needy Miami and San Diego. Winston held his own for the Chiefs last season, but has been released each of the past two offseasons. He may have to wait until after the draft to find a new home.
    Related: Cardinals
    Source: Kent Somers on Twitter
    ========

    We need a RT.
    Wassup w/ this dude? WTF happened? injured?

    =============

    system tackle?

  • bcz24

    We probably won’t hear the truth like I said, Reggie won’t dignify that with a response. I think Carson is lying thru his teeth.
    **********
    I’m sure Carson was informed to spin that to mitigate the perception that he forced his way out again. However, I think it is plausible that Reggie didn’t offer him anymore guaranteed money. He is serious about giving The Legend a shot to compete, and Reggie didn’t want to be on the hook for any guaranteed jack so that they could still cut Carson in the event that the Legend played well enough to be handed the reigns.

  • DMAC

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    rediaR Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    Lol, should have replaced Carson with Jordan Palmer.

    ****************
    as long as he agrees to wear #3 so i can keep on wearing my jersey !!
    =======

    Don’t do it ODB!
    Just sew on a new name.
    Mad bomber baby!

  • R8ER MIKE

    DMAC Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    Don’t you guys realize that whomever we play, our opponents are going to send their best pass rusher on false start Barnes?
    He aight in run blocking, but the dude is going to get Flynn killed. TP6 will be running for his life.
    We need a RT, unless Bergs wakes the fk up and mans up.

    *******************
    as it stands now the only other choice is turnstile Willie !! looks like all we can hope for is for Bergs to wake the fck up !!

  • DJ Johnny

    BTW: I don’t know why I was interested in hearing DA’s piece on Jim Rome.

    He is nothing if not consistent with his signature brand “coach speak”.

    He says so much without saying anything.

    He has this way of lulling you into a state of melancholy where by the end of the interview he could say “Ummm I just killed a drifter a few minutes ago and i’ve gotta run back and get rid of the body”.

    Then you sit there for a minutes and finally go “Did he just say he killed a drifter?”…..”Nawwww”.

  • RaiderRockstar

    No luv for Southwick?

    ***

    @DMAC

    ah yes, D-Smooth “the stormin mormon”

    last I checked he plays for the San Antonio Talons – but we may need to confirm with his agent (BSJ)

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    RaiderRockstar Says:

    dang it!

    there goes the vet QB I wanted..
    =========================================================

    Given the QB ‘discussions’ and takes over the last year, I have a hard time knowing if someone is serious anymore. This was a joke, right?

  • DutchRaider77

    Give it a week and there will be unnamed sources questioning his “work ethic” and “love of the game”.

    _____________________________________________________

    Heard Steve Wyche on NFL network this morning and he thinks the “unnamed sources” are actually NFL teams posioning the well so some teams will pass on Geno and they will get their guy.

    Pretty cut-throat…if true.

  • R8ER MIKE

    DMAC Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:08 pm
    R8ER MIKE Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    rediaR Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    Lol, should have replaced Carson with Jordan Palmer.

    ****************
    as long as he agrees to wear #3 so i can keep on wearing my jersey !!
    =======

    Don’t do it ODB!
    Just sew on a new name.
    Mad bomber baby!

    ***********************
    lol lol.. the way things are going …
    just say velcro baby !!!

  • Plunketthead

    bcz24 Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 11:57 am
    Yeah doesn’t really make sense. Unless the contract negotiations never even took place and Reg just wanted him out. But i don’t want to go that far into conspiracy theory or Reg hating so FK Carson Palmer.
    *******************
    From what I heard out of Palmer was that Reg offered him the $10 million as reported, but with $0 guaranteed money. That was why he scoffed at it. I don’t know how true that is (sounds plausible to me).
    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

    That may be true but CP should have added a gurantee, maybe take some off the 10 mill and send it back.

    I suspect CP wanted out and reggie gave him an out

  • DMAC

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    No luv for Southwick?

    ***

    @DMAC

    ah yes, D-Smooth “the stormin mormon”

    last I checked he plays for the San Antonio Talons – but we may need to confirm with his agent (BSJ)
    =====

    Doesn’t BSJ also represent T Newman.
    Where the fk is Bo?
    Quit slacking off!

  • rediaR

    I’m just looking at where I see “stopgaps” in place. Who we’ve gotten so far and who we haven’t gone after makes me believe that Reggie thinks one or more of these pass rushers are worthy of the #3 pick. This league is dominated by first round pass rushers, so I don’t fault him for that either.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I expect Barnes, Smith & Bergstrom to all play better under Olson & Sparano than they did for Knapp & Pollack!

  • Marks hair

    Geno has small hands he’s off my list

  • dr ice 2012

    DMAC Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    Don’t you guys realize that whomever we play, our opponents are going to send their best pass rusher on false start Barnes?
    He aight in run blocking, but the dude is going to get Flynn killed. TP6 will be running for his life.
    We need a RT, unless Bergs wakes the fk up and mans up.
    ==============================
    i wonder what the price on Andre Smith is probably to high for us ?

  • bcz24

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    @Bcz

    please answer the question of RaidingTexas (comment #3)

    My response was comment #30. I punted
    ***********************
    According to Spotrac, which has been damn accurate, it will cost an additional 4.22 million to cut McClain over keeping him. His dead money is 10.9 mill, but this years cap hit is only 6.67 mill. Romac COULD be a Post June 1 cut which will move some of the dead money to next year.

    HOWEVER, Spotrac is trying to determine if the Raiders successfully vacated the 3.6 million in guaranteed salary from this year and next. He has been unable to verify that yet. At this point the best info I have is what I provided above.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Yesterday was amazing!!! First palmer gets dumped like hot trash, then the board melted down in epic fashion.

    I love this board because you cant erase what you posted. So I went to october 18 2011, the day before the palmer trade went down. It was like a hot tub time machine. It took me back to a day that i have not seen since it happened and it was funny as hell.

    The official cult of carson registry I posted yesterday was indeed damning. i dont know what was funnier, the foolish hype drunken post from palmers newly formed covenant, or the bloggers wriggling about like worms on a hook trying desperately to escape the weight of their on foolish words.

    This is necessary here because there are so many now that want to act as if they never said this, or all they said was that. i mean they are running from their allegiance to carson like bo jackson running down the tunnel in seattle!!!

    Too funny, made my day.

    Also now that carsons miserable time has come to a slow excruciating close we can now put to bed the notion that carson was an upgrade over JC as a raider qb. He never came close to what jc did. He couldnt lead like jc. he didnt protect the ball like jc, and he couldnt win like jc.

    From now until forever when you compare these two the truth is JC was a far better raider qb.

    Just for good measure lets recap

    1. Dr. rob
    2. Inoneword
    3. alex 7
    4. edward teach
    5. Dakota
    6. J hill
    7. jlofty
    8.lefty12
    9. sb 666
    10. mac butt hurt 20 (hiding under alias)
    11. raderin paradise
    12. bcz24
    13.ohio raider
    14. stablersbeard
    15.seymour bush
    16. purvis
    17. chris in ny
    18. ian 85
    19. JFB
    20. aig
    21. 1960 breaking wind
    22. gdog
    23. plunketthead
    24. nacho man savge
    25. raider len
    26. no mas diamnte
    27. bay2la
    28. dj johnny

  • DMAC

    dr ice 2012 Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    DMAC Says:
    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    Don’t you guys realize that whomever we play, our opponents are going to send their best pass rusher on false start Barnes?
    He aight in run blocking, but the dude is going to get Flynn killed. TP6 will be running for his life.
    We need a RT, unless Bergs wakes the fk up and mans up.
    ==============================
    i wonder what the price on Andre Smith is probably to high for us ?
    ====
    He wants to get paid, again

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    DMAC Says:

    Purvis
    Its all good. Your in, but you do have to spark a fatty 2night to celebrate.
    Welcome brother

    *************************
    R8ER MIKE Says:
    welcome to the GreenParty sir !!!
    now puff puff pass !!!
    ===============================================

    My laptop sits on one of those 3 shelved kitchen carts surrounded by my cigmaking machine, ecig stuff, papers, tobacco, a gratuity bag of killer from the guy that buys our llama fertilizer and a chunk of ‘hashashin’. I don’t even have to stand up to comply!
    But I’ll have to make a beer run first or I might get lost going to the store.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    DMAC Says:

    Purvis
    Its all good. Your in, but you do have to spark a fatty 2night to celebrate.
    Welcome brother

    *************************
    R8ER MIKE Says:
    welcome to the GreenParty sir !!!
    now puff puff pass !!!
    ===============================================

    My laptop sits on one of those 3 shelved kitchen carts surrounded by my cigmaking machine, ecig stuff, papers, tobacco, a gratuity bag of killer from the guy that buys our llama fertilizer and a chunk of ‘hashashin’. I don’t even have to stand up to comply!
    But I’ll have to make a beer run first or I might get lost going to the store.

  • deepthreat21

    Raiders trade down from #3 or select one of the following: Dion Jordan – Ziggy Ansah – Dee Milliner – Joekel or Fisher.
    They signed a couple of DTs in Free Agency – so Floyd won’t be the pick and Geno is just smoke to gain value on their pick. About 10 interviews with Allen and Big Reg all they would comment on is “affecting the QB”. I would be happy with any of the listed choices.
    DMAC or Pryor might be draft day trade bait and they will let ROMAC rot until the last minute when the money is all used up. How you like me now?!
    Have a very happy Carson free day Nation!!!!!!! Keep it rollin’ Reggie!! Loving this offseason!

  • DMAC

    Von Miller vs false start Barnes
    Ouch!!!!

  • bcz24

    i wonder what the price on Andre Smith is probably to high for us ?
    **************
    There are big time questions on Andre’s work ethic. That’s why the bungles aren’t throwing any money at him. The common belief is, when he gets his pay day he will go Haynesworth and become invisible outside of the teams cafeteria

  • guest123

    No to tits smith

  • mcfadden20.

    Hey kiddo, did mommy buy you candies yet??

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    See? Just talking about it makes me do silly things!

  • http://polarityblog.com Silverandblack666

    “I suspect CP wanted out and Reggie gave him an out”

    I listened to the Palmer presser yesterday…he was respectful of the Raiders did not bad mouth us.

    He said Reggie offered him a contract and his agent said do NOT sign that there are no guarantees in it.

    That was all he said about it.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    No more excuses for palmer he flat out quit on the raiders just as he quit on cicny just as i knew he would.

    I saw warren sapp on tv yesterday and they asked him what carson had left in the tank he said not much.

    What did he use to make his case?

    He USED PALMERS 50 PICKS OVER THE LAST THREE SEASONS AND 12 WINS OVER THE SAME TIME!

    gasp…..TURNOVERS AND WINS!!!!!!

    Football people measure qbs this way even if the bloggers here in fantasy land dont.

    by th way crason claimed “arizona is serious about winning now” and thats why he chose to go

    WHAT A LYING POS

    CARSON was the captain of the single darkest era in radier football history hands down

  • DMAC

    Purvis

    Dont forget your parachute.
    Green party members like to take flight.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @DMAC

    I think BSJ represents:

    Campbell, William
    Demens, Kenny
    Kovacs, Jordan
    Omameh, Patrick
    Robinson, Denard
    Roh, Craig
    Roundtree, Roy