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Bears Part Ways With CB Tracy Porter

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Bears Release Tracy Porter

The Chicago Bears are parting ways with cornerback Tracy Porter. News of their decision to release the 30-year-old veteran came out on Monday.


During his career at Port Allen High School, he played four positions; quarterback, wide receiver, running back, and cornerback. As a junior, his first year of organized football, he earned first-team All-District 3A honors and second-team as a senior.

Indiana University Hoosiers

From 2004 until 2007, Porter played football for the Indiana University Hoosiers and received second-team All-Big Ten Conference accolades as a senior. His 16 career interceptions were second in Hoosiers history and his 413 interception yards were first. In addition, he became the first player in school history to return a punt, interception, and fumble for touchdowns in his career.

2008 NFL Combine and Draft

As a result of a 40-yard dash time of 4.87-seconds, Porter tied for tenth fastest among all prospects participating in the 2008 NFL Combine. Consequently, his times in the 20-yard shuttle; 4.07-seconds; and 60-yard shuttle; 11.22-seconds; each tied for fourth fastest.

The New Orleans Saints selected Tracy Porter in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Professional Career

On June 25, 2008, the Saints signed Porter to a four-year $4.2-million contract. After dislocating his wrist, he was placed on the injured reserve list and was limited to participation in just five games his rookie season. Near the end of Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts, he intercepted a pass from Peyton Manning. His 74-yard return for a touchdown secured the Saints’ victory.

The Denver Broncos signed Porter to a one-year contract on March 22, 2012. After a week one win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Due to aftereffects of a seizure he suffered during the preseason, he missed week six. However, he missed the playoffs after suffering a concussion in week 16.

April 1, 2013 he signed with the Oakland Raiders. Meanwhile, he became the first player in NFL history to return an interception for a touchdown against both Peyton and Eli Manning.

Porter signed a two-year $6.25-million contract with the Washington Redskins on March 13, 2014. A shoulder injury landed him on the injured reserve list November 26, 2014 and he was ultimately released in May.

In June 2015, he signed a one-year $870,000 with the Bears followed by a three-year $12-million contract on March 9, 2016. He was released on April 10, 2017.