Scout.com has learned that the Philadelphia Eagles have strong interest in soon to be unrestricted free agent wide receiver Jerry Porter. Porter, a Oakland Raider since he was selected in the second round in the 2000 NFL draft, will become a free agent on March 2 unless the team reaches a contract agreement with him before hand. Porter reached a playing time clause in his contract which has allowed him to void the final year of his contract.
Porter's agent Joel Segal had contract talks over the last month or so with the team but according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Porter will opt for free agency rather than accept the club's best offer of five years/$20 million.
The Eagles are looking for a young physical receiver that can also make catches down field and Porter fits the bill. The team, we're told, has liked Porter for years. Philadelphia has ample room under the salary cap (around $17-$18 million) to sign a few impact free agents so they would be able to sign Porter a lucrative deal while being able to pursue other name free agents.
scout.com has also been told that the Eagles wouldn't be interested in signing Porter for close to what the Raiders are offering him since he would be their no.2 receiver not their no.1.
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