Jerry Porter Possibly in the Mix

Adam Kaplan of reports the Vikings are interested in former Oakland Raiders WR Jerry Porter (I’d give a link but it’s a registration-only story). Porter has exercised an option to void the last two years of his contract, and is therefore available.

Porter would theoretically be a good fit in the West Coast due to his run-after-the-catch skills…however, before we start getting a boner for the guy, let’s remember that he’s never had a 1000-yard season, nor has he ever surpassed 10 TDs. He caught 44 balls in Oakland last year for 705 yards and 6 touchdowns – mediocre stats to be sure, but let’s keep in mind that Oakland’s quarterbacks sucked the big one last year.

As did the Vikings’ quarterbacks.

I still like Bernard Berrian better, but if Berrian ends up going to Philadelphia as Inside the Iggles guy keeps insisting he’s going to, I could stand us looking at Porter as a second option. I definitely like him better than Marty Booker and some of the other names out there.

And no, I’m not bringing up Randy Moss – I realize the Patriots didn’t franchise tag him, but that only means they have a verbal agreement they’ll wait until after the 29th to announce.

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  • Chris

    I think Porter would be a great fit in Minnesota.  I really think he needs a change in scenery.  He was groomed by Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, and Rich Gannon to become the Raiders #1 wideout after the future Hall of Famers retired, but he never got his chance.  Randy Moss came to Oakland and took Porters spot, and after a ruined season under Art Shell, he finally got his chance this season. "44 balls in Oakland last year for 705 yards and 6 touchdowns."   Those are good numbers considering the Raiders struggles at the quarterback position.  Porter wants to be a great leader, but needs to move to a new team to get a chance.  Bernard Berrian is a good receiver, but he was never thought to be a #1.  Porter will prove that he’s still got a lot left, and that he can lead a receiving core.  He would also gain any speed he’s loss to age by playing more often on field turf and indoors.