In his first year as a general manager Reggie McKenzie rolled the dice on two veteran corners with a recent history of injury. We know all too well how that failed experiment went. So one year later McKenzie is making the same gamble except this time he’s letting it ride on a 26-year-old corner with plenty of talent still in the tank.
The signing of Tracy Porter isn’t going to make many headlines…at least not yet. A year or two from now this could go down as first major moment of growth in the McKenzie era.
Giving a castoff player with the kind of game Porter has is a vintage Raider move. The man that was coached up by Dennis Allen in New Orleans and made a memorable house call against Peyton Manning on football’s biggest stage is by far the biggest free agent signing of the McKenzie era.
That’s not saying much considering all the issues Porter struggled through in Denver last year including suffering a seizure and a concussion. None the less this was a move the Raiders sorely needed to make.
Addressing the gaping hole at cornerback was high atop the McKenzie priority list. Getting a player entering his prime with something to prove is a move ripped right from the Al Davis book.
Again, this move isn’t going to turn many heads. Then again neither was the signing of Philip Wheeler a year ago. We know how well things turned out for Wheeler who took his talents to South Beach at the sum of $26-million. Hopefully we got more of the same from Porter…with the lone exception being Tracy staying put in Silver and Black.