JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints signed second-round pick Tracy Porter to a four-year contract on Friday. Then they released veteran tight end Eric Johnson, whose starting job was in jeopardy after the Saints traded for Jeremy Shockey earlier in the week.
Porter is a cornerback who was taken 40th overall in April's draft. He took the field for the Saints' fourth practice of training camp shortly after signing his first pro contract,
Johnson hadn't practiced since Thursday's opening of camp because of a left ankle injury that occurred during the offseason.
Johnson played in 14 games for New Orleans last season, starting 12, and caught 48 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns.
But his production last season was lower than Saints coach Sean Payton had hoped. And New Orleans pounced on the opportunity to replace him with Shockey, who was seeking to leave the New York Giants and finally got his wish last Monday.