RaiderBeat.com Staff Writer
Former Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter is an unrestricted free agent for the second straight year, last year by choice, this year as a result of his poor showing with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season.
Yet, Porter still fancies himself a talented enough player to call his own shots in free agency. Well, the Raiders have news for him: Don’t expect a call from managing general partner Al Davis about a second stint.
Porter informed his agent, Joel Segal, to field offers the first week of free agency and see where they stacked up against one from one he expected from the Raiders.
At that point, Porter told Segal to work out a deal with the Raiders as long as their offer was comparable to any received from other teams.
Nice thinking, Jerry. Not happening. Several Raiders officials confirmed that coach Tom Cable and Davis spoke about the prospect of bringing back Porter and agreed that it isn’t such a good idea. Davis and Cable feel more comfortable bringing back veteran Drew Carter than they do in gambling on Porter having anything left to offer.
Porter spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Raiders. He bolted for free agency last season, hopeful of receiving a huge contract and the starring role he never received with the Raiders.
Well, he received the money, anyway. The Jaguars soon learned what the Raiders had in 2007, that Porter no longer is a productive player and that he comes with plenty of baggage.
Next up for the Raiders is reaching some kind of resolution on how to proceed with receiver Javon Walker.