Tracy Porter's biggest NFL moment came at the expense of Peyton Manning on the biggest stage in American sports. Now, the two will be wearing orange together.
Porter (5-11, 186), whose interception of Manning and subsequent touchdown in SB 44 finished off the Colts' bid for a second championship in four seasons, agreed to join the Broncos on a one-year deal, it was reported.
The 2008 second-rounder (40th overall, Indiana) started 39 of the 43 games he played in during four seasons with the Saints, compiling 194 tackles, one sack, 32 passes defensed, seven interceptions, and four forced fumbles along the way.
In 16 games last season (including playoffs), Porter graded out at minus-10.4 (-1.7 vs. run, -0.9 pass rush, -7.2 pass coverage, -0.6 penalties) with one QB hit, 62 tackles, two assists, eight missed tackles, and 11 stops, according to PFF.
Porter leaves a defense whose players likely face numerous suspensions for their part in the Saints' bounty system, a squad joined yesterday by former Broncos defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley. The NFL is still conducting its investigation of the Saints' individual players, so it is conceivable that Porter could be among those facing discipline.
After a slow first week of free agency that saw only safety Mike Adams (Browns) sign on from outside the organization, the Broncos have turned active, signing Manning and former Bengals wideout Andre Caldwell, and now agreeing to terms with Porter.