Porter a piece of Redskins defensive backfield puzzle

Porter a piece of Redskins defensive backfield puzzle
March 23, 2014, 11:30 am
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Cornerback Tracy Porter joined his fourth team in four years when he signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Redskins. The Saints made him their second-round pick in 2009 and he was in New Orleans through 2011. He spent 2012 in Denver and last year he was with the Raiders.

I guess you can either say he can’t hold a job or that he never has any trouble finding a job.

He joins a Redskins defensive backfield that is still vey much a work in progress. The top three cornerbacks are now Porter, veteran DeAngelo Hall, and second-year player David Amerson. If the season started tomorrow, Hall and Amerson would cover the wideouts while Porter would cover the slot receiver.

But the season doesn’t start tomorrow and it appears that the Redskins are still in search of a free agent corner. They reportedly are hosted Brandon Browner before he signed with the Patriots and they wanted to talk to Walter Thurmond but that visit was cancelled. There is a good chance they will continue to try to add a veteran corner.

It would be a good idea for the Redskins to make sure they have a solid backup plan behind Porter. Last year he played in 16 games for the first time in his six NFL seasons. That backup could be a veteran free agent or a young player already on the Redskins’ roster like Richard Crawford or Chase Minnifield.

The piecing together of the Redskins’ secondary is an ongoing process. It is possible that we won’t know who is lining up where until the first defensive series of the season opener.

We will see if they can find a role for Porter that suits him well enough that he won’t have to go job hunting again next spring.