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Raiders acquire free agent cornerback Tracy Porter

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The Oakland Raiders and free agent cornerback Tracy Porter have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

 

The 26-year-old Porter most recently played for the Denver Broncos and prior to that, the New Orleans Saints.  He missed a majority of last season due to complications from a seizure he experienced in the 2012 offseason.  Porter made a late season return, but then suffered a concussion that made him miss the playoffs.

Porter garnered national attention in Super Bowl XLIV with a clutch interception of then-Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning’s pass, which he returned for a 74-yard touchdown.  The play was instrumental in New Orleans’ eventual Super Bowl victory.

If healthy, Porter, a second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, will be a welcome addition who can shore up the Raiders’ secondary.  Raiders coach Dennis Allen was Porter’s secondary coach in New Orleans.

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