With the NFL Draft just two weeks away, the Chicago Bears had some moves to make. The first came on Monday morning.
The Bears announced that they have released veteran cornerback, Tracy Porter.
Porter, 30, was in the second of year of his three-year, $12 million dollar contract that included $4.5 million guaranteed. Releasing Porter will free up $3.6 million dollars in cap space for the Bears per OverTheCap.com.
Last season, Porter did play in all 16 games, but he played through knee pain and other injuries throughout the year. He recorded 48 tackles, two interceptions, and one forced fumble.
This move isn’t a surprising one. When the Bears signed cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper in March it was clear either Porter or Kyle Fuller were going to be released. In this case, the Bears went with the older player, which means Fuller could be safe, for now.
Ultimately, this was a smart move by the Bears. Porter played very well for the Bears at times, but when he was assigned to the opposing team’s number one wide receiver in man coverage he was consistently beaten. The Bears are looking for a young corner who can play man coverage. That right there should tell us that they are going to address the position very early in the draft.
The Bears are far from done making moves. There are still several players that can be cut or traded before the draft. Some names that come to mind off the top of my head are Lamarr Houston and Eddie Royal.
Things are heating up. Expect more moves to come.