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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tracy Porter taking a wait-and-see approach

By Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Cornerback Tracy Porter is one of 10 new starters on the Oakland Raiders' defense this season.

He is also one of the seven defensive starters, per the team's' depth chart, scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

Yes, his status for next year being in limbo is in the back of his head, he said. But there is also a time and a place for discussions. And Porter has not had a discussion with the Raiders yet about next year.

“I haven't had any throughout the year but like I said, that's not my main concern right now,” he said Thursday. “My main concern is to finish the season healthy, finish the season strong, finish the season with two victories. And then, once that goes off, then we can talk about what's going to happen next.”

Porter, who also moves into the slot in nickel defense, has a “burn rate” of 59.2 percent, per STATS LLC, in giving up 45 completions on 76 targets, for 576 yards, five touchdowns and 12 passes defensed.

By comparison, Mike Jenkins' burn rate is 70.3, rookie D.J. Hayden's was 60.5 and Phillip Adams' is 57.1.

Porter, though, has a team-high two interceptions, with a pick-6 against the New York Giants' Eli Manning, thus becoming the only player in league history to return an interception against both of the Manning brothers. Porter did it against Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV.

Porter was playing for the New Orleans Saints at the time. His position coach? Dennis Allen. Surely that would play a part in Porter wanting to return to Oakland, no?

Well ...

“I'm not saying I don't want to come back,” Porter said, “I would. Otherwise I wouldn't have come here from the start.”