Porter says staying in Oakland the best option

Despite voicing his desire to play elsewhere last season, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter indicated that he was not hugely serious about playing for another team.

Porter became peeved last season after feeling the team should have already taken care of a long term contract. Porter led the Raiders with 64 catches for 998 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Raiders drafted Porter in the second round out of West Virginia in 2000 but spent most of his first four seasons as an understudy to future Hall-of-Famers Tim Brown and Jerry Rice.

The receptions and yardage Porter achieved last season established career highs while the touchdowns tied his previous career high set in 2002. The Oakland Raiders resigned Porter for five years but the deal automatically voids after three years and is worth from $10-15 million.

After the Raiders traded Rice to the Seattle Seahawks, there were rumors that the Raiders had Porter on the trading block. At which point, Porter voiced his displeasure but later relented.

"It was me saying, ‘I'll stay here,'" Porter said at the Raiders post-draft mini-camp. "They didn't trade me. It was the best option to stay here. There was really no good enough reason to leave."

Porter especially has the chance to shine now that he has had a year to establish a rapport with quarterback Kerry Collins coupled with the fact that the Raiders acquired Randy Moss from the Minnesota Vikings.

Vince D'Adamo can reached at vdad7@yahoo.com

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