The Chicago Bears have waived CB Tracy Porter.
An eight-year NFL veteran, Porter started for the Bears the past two seasons, compiling three interceptions and 21 pass breakups (official NFL stats). He was signed to a two-year deal last off-season.
Waiving Porter was an expected move, as we discussed in the most recent Bear Report Podcast. The team had 12 cornerbacks on the roster and Porter, who was the oldest at 30 years old, was the odd man out, particularly after a relatively disappointing 2016 campaign.
From the official press release:
Porter has started 88-of-98 career contests, posting 374 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 13 interceptions, 77 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 17 tackles for a loss and three defensive scores with the New Orleans Saints (2008-11), Denver Broncos (2012), Oakland Raiders (2013), Washington Redskins (2014) and Chicago Bears (2015-16). He has also appeared in six postseason games (six starts), totaling 32 tackles, two interceptions – including one returned for a touchdown – three pass breakups, two tackles for a loss and one forced fumble.
Last season with the Bears, Porter collected 48 tackles, two interceptions, 13 pass breakups and one forced fumble. In his two seasons with the Bears, Porter led the club in pass breakups (35), while also posting his top two single-season career marks in the same category (22 in 2015 and 13 in 2016).
Porter originally entered the NFL with the Saints as a 2nd round pick (40th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Indiana.