The Chicago Bears thinned out their glut of veteran corners.
Porter spent the past two seasons in Chicago but made it through just one year of a three-year, $12 million contract signed last offseason.
The 30-year-old veteran played in 30 of 32 games over the past two seasons, but dealt with knee injuries last season that contributed to his up-and-down campaign. In 2016, Porter compiled 48 tackles, nine passes defended and two interceptions.
This offseason, Bears general manager Ryan Pace added depth to the corner position — a big weakness on a poor defense last season. Chicago added Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper to take over starter roles, while also signing veteran B.W. Webb. With 2014 first-round pick Kyle Fuller missing all last season with a knee injury, Pace took a ‘toss numbers at the problem and see what sticks’ approach to the corner position in 2017.
After the release of Porter, the Bears corner crew consists of Amukamara, Cooper, Fuller, Webb, Bryce Callahan, Deiondre’ Hall, Sherrick McManis, Cre’von LeBlanc, De’Vante Bausby, Johnthan Banks, Jacoby Glenn and Rashaad Reynolds.
Porter, the one-time Super Bowl hero for the New Orleans Saints, is now a free agent. The veteran might have to wait until after the NFL draft — April 27-29 in Philadelphia — to find a landing spot to continue his nomadic career.