Jerry Porter looks like he’s running a comeback route -– to Oakland.
Porter likely will rejoin the Raiders, with whom he played from 2000 to 2007, before departing last year for a six-year, $30 million contract from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Last week, the Jaguars cut Porter and his salary, freeing him to sign with another team. One of the teams that has shown the most interest in Porter is the Raiders, who would like to re-sign him to add to their stable of receivers.
Raiders owner Al Davis likes the way some of the team’s young receivers are progressing. But Davis also has strong feelings for his own draft picks, and Porter was Oakland’s second-round choce in 2000.
Signing with the Raiders would make a lot of sense for Porter, too, being that he had some productive seasons for the team. Oakland also could use a veteran presence after releasing WR Ronald Curry, a former teammate of Porter’s.
Porter had an entertaining, if not controversial, ride in his first stint with the Raiders. In 2006, Porter criticized then-head coach Art Shell. Later, the team suspended Porter for four games. And Porter built up a list of detractors within the organization — something he also did in Jacksonville.
But after a season in which it appeared he had vanished into a black hole, Porter could return to one.