If Tracy Porter leaves the New Orleans Saints, who will take his place?

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) runs with the ball as New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter (22) tries to make the tackle (Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE)

Cornerback Tracy Porter is set to become a free agent soon.  As of right now, his future with the New Orleans Saints is only a question mark.  Will he leave or stay?  If he does leave, who will take over his position on the defense?

Saints fans would have thought anyone asking these questions two seasons ago would be crazy.  In 2009, Porter was part of a ball-hawking secondary that earned him the name, “Legend Killer”.

He was responsible for making two key interceptions, one in the 2010 NFC Championship Game and one in Super Bowl XLIV, that pretty much sealed both victories for the Saints.

It was certain that he would only progress from there as the next season came.  Yet the 2010 and 2011 seasons didn’t yield the same results for Porter.

Porter’s tackling, especially this past season, became somewhat suspect.  He appeared to whiff on tackles and never seemed to be able to rack up any interceptions.

With free agency starting, Porter’s future with the Saints isn’t quite set in stone.  And with a new defensive coordinator in Steve Spagnuolo, it’s unclear if he will be used enough to garner the big contract he wants.

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