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View Poll Results: You're Dan Snyder, which free agent WR do you go after?
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Old 02-11-2005, 08:13 AM   #1
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Jerry Porter will test free agent waters

What do you guys think? Would you go after him? What sort of deal is he worth?


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The Raiders have offered Jerry Porter a reported $20 million reasons to spend his next five years in Oakland, but the wide receiver says he'll test the free-agent waters anyway. "I owe it to myself to look," Porter told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I don't know how much longer I'm going to play. I could get a career-threatening injury and be out of football in no time. I owe it to myself to get my market value, if not some team that will pay me more than market value."

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Porter was miffed the team opted not to extend his contract earlier in the 2004 season, and he's still carrying grudges with the Raider organization for other transgressions as well—including their reported interest in Randy Moss. Both sides say they'll keep the door open for a possible return, but it's apparent neither side is holding its breath.
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Old 02-11-2005, 08:44 AM   #2
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It depends on what he's looking for. He declined a 20 million dollar contract, so I'd say if we could get like a 5 year 25M, $8 SB, or somthing like that, I dont think it'd be that bad. I'm not really sure how much he is worth though, I'd love to have him at a good price.
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Old 02-11-2005, 09:00 AM   #3
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I guess the question is who would you rather have, Burress or Porter? I would go for Porter first, perhaps a 7-year deal worth about $25M-$30M, bonus of no more than $10M.
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Old 02-11-2005, 10:00 AM   #4
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I've always like Porter mostly because he's a local guy. I wouldn't mind seeing him in burgundy and gold, BUT he has to come at a reasonable price. We can't break the bank for a guy that has been in the league for 5 years and still hasn't had a 1000 yd season yet.

But if I had to make a choice between him and Plax. Jerry all the way.
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Old 02-11-2005, 10:33 AM   #5
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I am not convinced on Porter. He was supposed to be the next big thing for them and ahs never stepped up to that level. He seems like a classic example of talent over production. I'd rather get a production guy...not that there are many of those just floating around waiting for us to sign them. Neither Porter nor Burress seem to fit what we need really. They would be classic redskins free agent signings though...thats a bad thing.
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Old 02-11-2005, 10:48 AM   #6
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Porter would be a typical skins free agent aquisition. Pay big for the name, not performance. If we want to spend for a reciever, why not draft Williams or Braylon Edwards?
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Old 02-11-2005, 11:08 AM   #7
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I would not sign Porter or Plax. Can anyone think of a WR that went free agency or trade and ended up thriving on the new team? Galloway, Pierce, Keyshawn come to mind. T.O was huge for the Eagles, but he is also top 3 in the league so thats a special situation. Maybe there are some good examples but every example that pops into my head has not worked out for the new team or the player. I would rather draft the WR and use free agency to fill our need at center and some other smaller holes.
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Old 02-11-2005, 11:08 AM   #8
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Porter's upside is much higher than Gardner's. He really broke out once Kerry Collins took over. Didn't he convert to WR from QB or something? He's still coming in to his own at the position.
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I wonder what Porter's speed is compared to 50/50?
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:09 PM   #10
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is porter and his 20 million dollar contract that much of an upgrade over what we have now in thrash and jacobs?

porter only had 67 receptions and 3 100+ yard games. he is a guy that was drafted high and has underachieved his while career.

there is no point in bringing him in, he wants alot of money with little performance. if thrash is #2 wr next year, he can get 67 catches.
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:23 PM   #11
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Porter is definitely an upgrade over Thrash and Jacobs. Thrash is not a starting WR, and Jacobs is still an unknown.
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I wouldn't pay more than 20 million to this clown. Yes, he scores TD's but overall his numbers aren't so hot. Nor is his running and catching abilities. 20 million is a stretch and anything more than 8 million in SB is a lot more than he deserves.
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Porter's upside is much higher than Gardner's. He really broke out once Kerry Collins took over. Didn't he convert to WR from QB or something? He's still coming in to his own at the position.
How do you figure his upside is bigger? I don't think he converted from QB. I think you're thinking of Ronald Curry.
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Old 02-11-2005, 01:38 PM   #14
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I don't think that is how we should view this. Is he an upgrade over Gardner is the real question?
Look at their respective seasons this year:

Porter: 64 catches, 998 yards and 9 TD's. 17 catches from 20 yards or more, 5 from 40 or more.

Gardner: 51 catches, 650 yards and 5 TD's. 7 catches from 20 yards or more, 3 from 40 or more.

They're both similar as far as size, but Porter is faster and more of big play guy. Anybody remember when he lit up Champ Bailey for 135 yards and 3 scores?

I'm not saying I necessarily want him, but if given the choice of Porter or Burress I think I would lean towards Porter. And given the choice of Porter or Thrash/Jacobs, definitely Porter. Thrash is a solid #3/4 and is great on special teams, but he's not starting quality as we saw from his time in Philly. I like Jacobs potential but he's a total unknown at this point.
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How do you figure his upside is bigger? I don't think he converted from QB. I think you're thinking of Ronald Curry.
Yeah I was probably thinking of Curry.

Looks like Porter did a bit of everything in college:

COLLEGE: Lettered three seasons at West Virginia...All-Big East Conference selection as an all-purpose back...Saw action as a free safety in the first five games, filled in as an emergency quarterback vs. Rutgers and then finished the second half of the season as a flanker...Recorded 28 tackles with a 68-yard interception return for a touchdown and a pass deflection...Caused a fumble and had a stop for a 4-yard loss...Also blocked a kick...Fifth on the team with 15 receptions for 311 yards (20.7 avg.) and four touchdowns...Gained 52 yards on six carries (8.7 avg)...Completed 3 of 6 passes (50.0 percent) for 20 yards...Also had a 16-yard kickoff return...Opened the season with 5 tackles, including one for a 4-yard loss against East Carolina and in the next week against Miami of Ohio, blocked a punt, returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown and posted 8 tackles...Caught 3 passes for 64 yards, including a 44-yarder that set up game-winning score in a 20-17 decision over Temple...Vs. Miami, grabbed 5 passes for 75 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown on opening drive...Closed out his career by hauling in 3 passes for 139 yards with touchdowns of 77 and 54 yards against Pittsburgh...As a junior, All-Big East Conference selection after starting every game at free safety...In on 63 tackles with five interceptions and five passes defensed...Gained 129 yards on eight kickoff returns (16.1 avg)...Recovered an onside kickoff, returning the ball 29 yards, deflected a pass and came up with 12 tackles against Ohio State...Posted three straight six-tackle performances - against Rutgers, Miami of Florida and Temple...Appeared in every game, seeing action at free safety and flanker as a sophomore...Caught 13 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns...Recorded 10 tackles...Gained 33 yards on 3 catches and blocked a field goal, which he recovered in the third overtime against Pitt...Vs. Georgia Tech in Carquest Bowl, hauled in 4 passes for 124 yards with touchdowns of 74 and 21 yards, and made 3 tackles...Also a member of the West Virginia Track team running in the 50- and 60-meter and also participating in the long jump...Ran indoor track as well...Education major.
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