The Chicago Bears have signed Tracy Porter to a one-year contract. The veteran cornerback last played for the Washington Redskins but missed most games because of various injuries last season.
The 28-year-old Porter has played for seven years in the league, with the New Orleans Saints (2008 to 2011), Denver Broncos (2012), Oakland Raiders (2013) and Redskins, who cut him after just three games last season.
“I just felt like it was the right situation, the right place for me,” Porter said via the Bears' Twitter account. Porter will be reunited with general manager Ryan Pace, who was with the cornerback in New Orleans, and John Fox, Porter’s head coach while in Denver.
Porter’s best NFL moment came in Super Bowl XLIV when he returned a Peyton Manning pass 74 yards for a touchdown that clinched the title for the Saints in 2010. Porter, who struggled with hamstring and shoulder injuries last season, is expected to battle for playing time against the likes of Kyle Fuller and Tim Jennings.
For his seven-year NFL career, Porter is credited 287 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 51 pass deflections, 10 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 3 touchdowns.
In other Bears’ transactions, the team signed rookie wide receiver Ify Umodu and waived linebacker Jamil Merrell on Monday.