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After enjoying a successful 2015 season with the Chicago Bears, cornerback Tracy Porter is bound to see a raise this offseason from his $870,000 base salary a year ago, per Spotrac.
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Porter Attracting More Interest Throughout LeagueWednesday, March 9
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday the Bears are hoping to retain Porter in the coming days.
Porter missed all but three games in 2014 while dealing with shoulder and hamstring injuries. As a result, the Washington Redskins cut him last year.
The Bears then signed the 29-year-old to a one-year contract. He experienced a strong bounce-back campaign, recording 35 combined tackles and intercepting one pass. Pro Football Focus, however, graded him the worst of Chicago's three regular cornerbacks.
This year's free-agent market isn't flush with depth at the position, though, which means Porter will be valued more highly than he would've been otherwise.
Further strengthening his bargaining position is the fact Janoris Jenkins looks to be joining the New York Giants, per ESPN's Josina Anderson (via ESPN.com). Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle also reported Sean Smith is getting heavy interest from the Oakland Raiders and three other teams.
Chicago may have to act fast if it wants to sign Porter to a new deal, as the cornerback market is thinning.