Report: Denver Broncos Lock Up Former Saints Cornerback Tracy Porter

Jeffrey Schmidt@JeffSchmidt9Correspondent IIIMarch 23, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 04:  Cornerback Tracy Porter #22 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with teammates strong safety Roman Harper #41 and cornerback Jabari Greer #33 after an interception of quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Denver Broncos have reached a one-year deal with former Saints cornerback Tracy Porter.

Porter spent his first four seasons in New Orleans, and he was a very productive player for the Saints. His stat line includes seven interceptions, 37 pass deflections, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries

The 25-year-old cornerback will prove to be an excellent signing for Denver because he brings a mix of youth and experience to an aging Broncos secondary.

Porter is known for his stellar 2009 postseason, which included an interception of Brett Favre in the NFC Championship game and a 74-yard interception return of a Peyton Manning pass in the New Orleans Saints’ win over the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl.

Ironically, the two will now try to win their second championship together.   

Porter will be starting opposite All-Pro corner Champ Bailey, which provides the Broncos with a solid one-two punch at the position.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. shared his thoughts on the Porter signing with ESPN's Bill Williamson, and he also believes that this is a great move for the Broncos. 

“He’s a real good addition. He’s a strong No. 2 cornerback opposite Champ. Porter isn’t overly strong or physical, but he can play man coverage and he is a playmaker on the ball. I am shocked he lasted so long. I would put him ahead of a fully healthy Bartell and certainly over Spencer.”

Ronald Bartell and Shawntae Spencer were both brought in by Oakland after the Raiders failed to strike a deal with Porter.

The Broncos also added Andre Caldwell who should fit in well as the teams No. 3 receiver.  

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