Tracy Porter was one of the Denver Broncos biggest free agent acquisitions in the offseason. His signing paled in comparison to Peyton Manning, but he seemed to fill a position of great need in Denver’s thin secondary. Porter started strong with an interception in Week 1 against Ben Roethlisberger and then his play dropped off.
After a couple poor performances, Porter was sidelined with symptoms similar to those he had before suffering a seizure in training camp and missed the last two games. According to Mike Kiszla of the Denver Post Porter may now be the odd man out at corner because Chris Harris and Tony Carter have played well in his place.
The play of Carter and Harris are a big factor, but Porter fell out of favor with the coaching staff before health issues sidelined him according to Kiszla. Porter is playing on a one-year "prove it" deal and was seeking a multi-year contract extension. Now, Porter may just be seeking some playing time.
It’s the NFL, so Porter will need to be ready. It only takes one play for him to be back in a starting role. A few games of poor play from Carter or Harris could also thrust Porter back into heavy rotation. It’s certainly not the end of the line for Porter, but his situation has changed. For the Broncos and for Porter, maybe that’s the best thing right now.
Maybe Porter will be the starting cornerback Sunday against the Bengals and this is a lot of smoke and no fire, but that decision is in the hands of John Fox and Jack Del Rio and it is a decision they will have to make. It’s a brutal business and players lose their job due to injury and ineffectiveness all the time. In Porter’s case it’s probably both.
Other AFC West News
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Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times says Michael Huff is adjusting to the move from safety to cornerback.
Bryan Povlinksi of Spreadsheet Sports uses some interesting statistics to explain why poor play calling is bring down Oakland’s offense.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego says Norv Turner and Romeo Crennel are in dire need of a win (and one of them will get it).