Chicago Bears 2017: Team says goodbye CB Tracy Porter
By Wanda Wiedman of NFL Female
Special to Pro Football Guru
In the past few months, the Chicago Bears have bolstered up their cornerback corps. But as of this morning, the Bears release one of its veteran players to make room possible for draft additions. Tracy Porter was a second-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2008, spending four season with them. It was last in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV that Porter disrupted wide receiver Reggie Wayne's route and returned a Peyton Manning interception 74 yards for a touchdowns.
He proceeded to play for the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins before helping the Bears in the 2015 season. In his time with the Bears he started in 13 games, ending that year with 35 tackles, 12 pass breakups and one interception. That pick came off of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers that locked in the win for the Bears on Thanksgiving night. He was signed for a three-year deal worth $12 million.
Porter appeared in all 16 games last season. He produced 48 tackles, nine pass breakups and two interceptions. However, his production seemed to have tapered off in the final weeks of the season and by the time the 2017 preseason starts he will be 31 years of age. The release comes after the Bears signed veteran cornerbacks Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper and recently added B.W. Webb from free agency. All three of these veterans will be used to groom the young cornerbacks such as Bryce Callahan, Deiondre' Hall and Cre'Von LeBlanc.
It is interesting to note that in early March of 2017, Porter turned to Twitter after the signings of both Amukamara and Cooper (it’s since been deleted).
"When they "write you off", they do it w/a PENCIL, so that you prove them wrong (again) and you INK your successful comeback???? #JustWork
Porter is no stranger to having to prove himself in the NFL and it won't be his last. Whoever signs him will enjoy the effort he will put out for them.
Wanda Wiedman covers the Chicago Bears for NFL Female. Follow her on Twitter at @WandaW63.