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New York Giants Meet with CB Tracy Porter; Reportedly Release Linebacker Marcus Dowtin

March 12th, 2014 at 6:58 AM
By Doug Rush

With the New York Giants missing out on several options to upgrade their secondary on the very first day of free agency, they are exploring other options on the second day of free agency.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network has reported that the Giants had in veteran cornerback Tracy Porter for a visit with the team on late Tuesday night and could look to add him due to their lack of depth at the position.

Porter is most famous for being a Super Bowl hero on the New Orleans Saints back in Super Bowl XLIV when he intercepted Peyton Manning for a 74-yard touchdown return that sealed the Saints first ever championship over the Indianapolis four years ago.

Last season, Porter played with the Oakland Raiders, starting in all 16 games last year and had 66 total tackles with two interceptions and 1.5 sacks; one of his two interceptions game in the Raiders 24-20 loss against the Giants back in November, a 43-yard interception return off of Eli Manning.

With Corey Webster, Aaron Ross and Terrell Thomas all free agents and Webster and Ross both unlikely to return, the Giants are looking at all possible options to bolster the secondary depth and if Thomas doesn't return to the Giants either, then it puts the Giants in an even bigger hole in their secondary and will have a stronger need.

Along with Porter, the Giants were also interested in Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Graham. The Giants were in on Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner before he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, likewise with Sam Shield who re-signed with the Green Bay Packers. Vontae Davis who re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts and Aqib Talib who signed with the Denver Broncos.

Other Notes: CBS Sports is reporting that the Giants have released linebacker Marcus Dowtin.

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17 Responses to “New York Giants Meet with CB Tracy Porter; Reportedly Release Linebacker Marcus Dowtin”

  1.  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

    BleedingBlueSince04 says:
    March 12, 2014 at 12:37 AM
    Jennings is an A+ signing already if he stays healthy and we get EDS especially if we got him at 2-3 years,2.5-3M. He has really good hands for a HB and runs with power and had speed as well. He did very well against all our NFC east foes and had many nice runs against our 8th ranked D. If Wilson comes back and we get EDS we will return to power running game and play action big plays that won us SB46.

    •  jerseyrich says:

      His 2013 highlight reel is fairly impressive. I like the signing…..seems that most Raiders fans wanted him much more than McFadden.

  2.  jerseyrich says:

    Kudos to anyone who ever heard of Marcus Dowtin….extra kudos if you knew he was a Giant.

  3.  GIANTT says:

    Guy walks into his home and calls out “Honey , I brought Fred home for dinner ”
    Wife comes downstairs in her robe , hair in curlers and no make up
    She starts yelling ” The hoise looks like a tornado hit it , the dishes are piled up in the sink , Im not cooking ”
    Why did you bring Fred home ?
    Hes thinking of getting married -

  4.  Kettles78 says:

    Not crazy about entertaining porter. Unless they plan on drafting Gilbert or Dennard to start along side prince with Prince, mcbride , hosley, and porter filling in the nickel and dime packages.

  5.  jerseyrich says:

    Tuck visiting the Raiders…..what a way that will be to spend the last 2-3 years of his career.

  6.  Ted Kwiecien says:

    Day 1 of free agency and I am not excited by these signings. Jennings is a career backup he will be 29 before the season starts. There are tons of rb’s getting their first shot at free agency that could be options…Ben Tate??? Knowshon Moreno?? Toby gerhart? He’s gone already. Donald brown?? Gone too. These guys are much younger and we’re had for reasonable contracts. I am tired of flea market free agency. Jacoby jones?? That’s our WR option? Much more concerning is the bargain basement shopping for LB’s. It’s embarrassing, whoever this dude we signed yesterday from the Seahawks is in his 3rd team in 4 years. 4 million a year?? That’s mots than gerhart or brown signed for. Secondary…Tracy porter?? Why not bring in champ bailey too?? Very sad.

    •  JimStoll says:

      I have to resist my tendency to be overly critical or pessimistic, but I have to agree that yesterday was uninspiring to say the least
      Looks like typical Jerry Reese — dumpster diving
      I’m not sure if he’s chronically addicted to finding a diamond in the ruff so to speak, or his moves are just a reflection of the reality stemming from over-investing in Eli, Rolle, and that awful offensive line
      either way, thinking that a back-up RB on one of the leagues worst teams over the past decade is any sort of answer is a leap
      signing an aging return man who was never even a mediocre receiver is not inspiring
      and signing a LB no one even heard of to a reported contract no one could imagine is a tad scary

      Jon Mara did only 1/5 of the job in January — pushing Gilbride out
      he still needs to fire Coughlin, Fewel and Reese, and align Eli’s contract to approximate his level of play

      until those things are done, we could be looking at Redskin-like performance for years to come
      but hey, we’re in the NFC Least where 7-9 could get you to the playoffs

      •  GIANTT says:

        Thats the spirit Jim , Im glad to see you bubbling over with enthusiasm !

        •  JimStoll says:

          sorry about that
          usually when the giants make their bottom of the barrel free agent signings they wait until round 3
          seeing them start out with a first-day “bang” of perennial back-ups is a bit shocking to the sensibilities, even one’s as jaded as mine

  7.  jerseyrich says:

    Well, we signed a guard who most people considered to be the best available free agent guard on the market….don’t know how anyone can complain about that move. Before killing Jennings check out his game tape….he’s not too bad and has low mileage for a guy his age and he knows how to catch out of the backfield. I cant say much about the LB because I know almost nothing about him.

    •  JimStoll says:

      “he’s not too bad” seems about the quality of player JR always goes after and hence a team that on its best days is not too bad

      •  jerseyrich says:

        Actually he looks better than “not too bad”, at least on the one highlight video I saw.

  8.  nick86 says:

    mixed bag with the FA signings so far…

    Jennings- really like the signing, good player, low mileage for his age
    Schwartz- Good versatile OL, exactly what we need
    McBride and Stevie- Happy there back, think we got market value for them.
    The OLB/DE from SEA- I know nothing about this guy, your guess is as good as mine

    My big complaint is letting Linval go for what I think was a very fair deal. 6 million a year for a run stuffer and a decent interior rusher seems like good value. I don’t get Reese, he’ll go out and overpay a guy like Canty, who was older, didn’t fit out defense but let a younger, homegrown, arguably better player walk…

    At this point I just want to see more big bodies come through the doors. OL OL OL no bargain hunting either, good, solid NFL starters

    •  JimStoll says:

      hard to assess value or market when you don’t really know the ins and outs of an individual player’s contract, but $4M for Stevie Brown is not a good deal on its face
      they guy is a terrible cover guy, a bad tackler, is fresh off a non-contact ACL, and has only one decent year in a 4 year career
      the Seattle LB with a last name as his first at $8M over two, is so crazy on its face that if he does not turn out to be the best LB in the league in 2014, JR should be fired on the spot
      how do you make that deal on Day 1 of FA?
      As for Jennings, I’ll believe it when I see it. I remember last year when FF and everyone else on this sight was salivating over the Meyers signing and his 79 catches with the Raiders
      I cautioned then to discount stats accumulated on a lousy team with nothing to play for and that no one took seriously
      Jennings is potentially in the same boat
      Pryor is the only focus when you play the Raiders
      everyone else gets a pass
      the Schwartz signing I have not criticized
      don’t know if he’ll be good for us but he’s coming off a successful season both for him and his team, he’s a big body and young
      I agree on Joseph. It’s as if JR made no effort to sign him at all

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