Porter (5-foot-11, 186 pounds) is a fifth-year player who spent his first four seasons with New Orleans and saw time in 43 games (39 starts), totaling 227 tackles (178 solo), seven interceptions (95 yds.), 37 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In six postseason starts, he has recorded 34 tackles (28 solo), two interceptions (100 yds.), three passes defensed and one forced fumble. Included in his career totals are two interceptions returned for touchdowns, including a 74-yard score in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV to help clinch the Saints' first World Championship.
Selected by New Orleans in the second round (40th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft from Indiana University, he earned multiple Big Ten Conference honors while starting 43 games and recording 212 tackles (175 solo), 16 interceptions (413 yds.), two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries for the Hoosiers.
Porter, who attended Port Allen (La.) High School, was born on Aug. 11, 1986.
This means that Andre' Goodman is probably out gone. The Broncos were looking for an upgrade at right cornerback. Porter, 25, is considered a decent No. 2 cornerback and should be a good complement to Champ Bailey.
It likely means the Broncos will not continue to pursue Pittsburgh cornerback William Gay who was also meant to visit. It was probably an either/or situation and Porter is considered the better player of the two. Even though Porter is signed for just one year and Bailey will turn 34 in June, the Broncos may draft a defensive tackle or a cornerback in the first round.
A one year deal for Porter seems odd. There is some talk that his value had dropped because he may be involved in the bounty scandal and may be suspended for a few games this season. We will need to keep an eye on this story as it develops. The one year deal does allow Porter to prove himself this season and enter Free Agency again next year to maximize his value. It is a good deal from that perspective.
The Tebow trade hit another snag today. A person with knowledge of the situation has told The Associated Press that quarterback Tim Tebow, acquired from the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, must sign a rewritten contract because of a technicality before he can officially join the New York Jets.
That issue keeps Tebow on Denver's salary cap for 24 hours after he signs the new deal, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Friday morning because the reason for the delay hadn't been announced by the Jets.
ESPN first reported the contract issue.
Tebow arrived at the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Thursday, but the Jets won't officially introduce him until Monday because of the delay.
The Broncos have a number of free agents in town. Denver is visiting with Houston tight end Joel Dreessen. He is a Colorado native. Denver is also talking to tight end Jacob Tamme, who played with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. Both are solid options but Tamme has been the more productive player. We should be able to sign at least one of these guys.
And my final news item today is we lost another favorite Bronco. The Patriots reached a two-year agreement today with the former Broncos jack-of-all-trades Spencer Larsen, a source confirmed. Larsen was the only serviceable fullback on the team and leaves a hole that will need to be filled. Larsen will be missed but he was never used enough for my liking here. Hopefully the Patriots can use him more and display the true talent that is Storming Mormon.
Another day in the books and we are still visiting with free agents. More definitely to happen in coming days ~ Aussie.