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The Oakland Raiders’ search for a cornerback is taking the next step.
Denver cornerback Tracy Porter is visiting the Raiders on Wednesday, according to an NFL source. He visited the New Orleans Saints on Monday. Both teams have strong interest in Porter. He is expected to decide his future soon. He left the Saints for Denver last year. He fell out of favor in Denver. Oakland head coach Dennis Allen was Porter’s position coach in New Orleans.
Meanwhile, Dallas cornerback Mike Jenkins is visiting Jacksonville. Oakland reportedly also has interest in Jenkins. Oakland has two starting cornerback openings. It has visited with Terence Newman. He has been expected to decide between the Bengals and the Raiders for several days.
In other AFC West news:
Former Oakland punter Shane Lechler told San Francisco radio station, 95.7 The Game that he was surprised Oakland did not pursue him. He signed with Houston on Friday.
“This was my first time in free agency. To tell you the truth, man it’s nerve-racking,” Lechler told the radio station. “I didn’t know where I was going to go, where I was going to live or where my kids were going to go to school. I wasn’t hearing anything from Oakland. After giving them 13 years, and plus what the Davis family has done for me, I thought I would at least have a conversation with someone there or something before all of this went down. That was the frustrating part of it. I can’t say that I turned a contract down or anything because I was never really offered one. That was frustrating but I understand. Reggie’s running that thing now like he wants to run it and it’s pretty safe to say I don’t believe I was in the plans.”
Lecher, who was making $4 million a season in Oakland, signed a three-year, $5.5 million deal with Houston. Lechler is from Texas. Oakland is expected to give talented, but unproven Marquette King a chance to replace Lechler.
Denver slot receiver free agent Brandon Stokley is reportedly visiting the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday. Stokley, who turns 37 in June, had 45 catches in a comeback season in Denver in 2012. His return to Denver lessened greatly when the Broncos signed slot receiving star Wes Welker earlier this month. The only way I can see Stokley returning to Denver is if there are some injuries.
Former NFL quarterback Vince Young had a pro day-style workout Tuesday. Afterward, he said he has some interest from some teams. Earlier this month, the NFL Network reported Oakland had some interest. If that interest develops further. All I could see is Young getting a chance to be a backup if the team moves on from Carson Palmer.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith offers his take on the Oakland quarterback situation in a way only he can.
San Diego defensive lineman Vaughn Martin is visiting the Dolphins. The Chargers have interest in keeping him. Several teams are interest in Martin.
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