September 9 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive back Tracy Porter (22) intercepts a pass intended for Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) and returns it for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
When cornerback Tracy Porter left the New Orleans Saints in free agency for the Denver Broncos, it looked like it was best for everyone involved. After yesterday night, it look like it was best for Porter and the Broncos.
Porter’s debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers at first showed a performance that Saints fans had seen the past two seasons. At times he was thrown around by big framed running backs and his coverage was questionable.
Drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Saints, Porter showed promise for a secondary that was long the joke of the NFL and came into his own during he 2009-2010 season where he recorded the two most famous interceptions in team history.
However, the final two seasons in New Orleans weren’t kind to Porter and he developed a reputation for being injured and whiffing on tackles. Head coach Sean Payton even placed a China doll in Porter’s locker as a running joke on his health status.
When Steve Spagnuolo took over the defense this offseason, Porter wasn’t given any serious consideration during free agency and after several looks by different teams, he signed a one-year deal with the Broncos for close to $4 million.
Many in New Orleans thought that Porter had run his course and wasn’t able to capture the magic that he once held. But after yesterday’s shredding of the Saints secondary by Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, his help would have been appreciated for several reasons.
First, the Saints allowed the Redskins to accumulate 320 passing yards for two touchdowns and looked lost at times. They also were without starting cornerback Jabari Greer due to recovery from sports hernia surgery and Johnny Patrick left early with a leg injury.