Raiders play host to WR Hixon, CB Porter

Raiders play host to WR Hixon, CB Porter
March 29, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Domenik Hixon caught 39 passes for 567 yards and two touchdowns last year, returning from a torn ACL. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

While Raider Nation waits with bated breath an official resolution to the Carson Palmer/Matt Flynn storyline, the team confirmed Friday that a pair of unrestricted free agents, cornerback Tracy Porter and receiver Domenik Hixon, had visited the Raiders.

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Neither player, though, signed with Oakland. At least, not yet.

Porter, 26, is a familiar face for coach Dennis Allen in that he played for Allen in New Orleans when he was Porter's position coach. Porter, who had a game-sealing 74-yard interception return for a touchdown against Indianapolis and Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV, seemed a good fit for the Raiders a year ago, but signed a one-year, $3-million deal with Denver and appeared in just six games, four starts, after suffering an early-season seizure. Porter had one interception, a 43-yard pick-6, with 16 passes defensed and 6 tackles.

Cornerback is a position of need for the Raiders, who currently only have four signed in Phillip Adams, Coye Francies, Chimdi Chekwa and converted running back Taiwan Jones, while Brandian Ross is an exclusive-rights free agent and Cory Nelms and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah are listed as defensive backs.

The Raiders have also had cornerbacks Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins in for visits.

Hixon, 28, is intriguing as well, since the Raiders cut Darrius Heyward-Bey. Hixon is coming off a season in which he caught 39 passes for 567 yards and two touchdowns, posting a career-best 14.5 yards-per-catch average. This, after missing all of the 2010 season and most of 2011 with a torn ACL.

For comparison's sake, Heyward-Bey had 41 receptions for 606 yards and five TDs, Denarius Moore caught 51 passes for 741 yards and seven TDs and Rod Streater had 39 catches for 584 yards and three scores.