Wednesday was a day in the AFC West for longtime standouts to reunite with familiar numbers.
One went smoothly. The other, not so much.
Earlier Wednesday, the San Diego Chargers announced new pass-rusher Dwight Freeney will wear No. 93. He wore that number in Indianapolis. Later Wednesday, new Oakland cornerback Tracy Porter tweeted this: “Well you Raiders fans…your guy has 24. It was TAKEN from me and given to him. #congrats …..too funny how this biz works.
Porter then tweeted this shortly later: Not mad at all...it's just the principle and the way it was handled.....said my piece, now back to football.
This all means Charles Woodson is getting No. 24 back. He wore it in Oakland from 1998-2005. He came back to the Raiders this spring after spending the past seven years in Green Bay. Porter signed earlier in the spring and took No. 24. Porter was vague with reporters after Woodson signed about whether he’d give up the number.
From what I gather, Porter reported to camp Wednesday and was told the number was given to Woodson. For now, Porter is going to be No. 31. At last check, the changes were not made on the Raiders’ roster page on their website.
Do I think this will create problems? No. Porter will get over it and everyone will move on. But for today, at least, there is some sizzle there. In retrospect, Porter probably should have sold the number to Woodson months ago. At least he would have gotten more than a surprise out of losing the digits.
In other AFC West notes:
Tennessee signed former San Diego running back Jackie Battle. He had 311 yards on 95 carries last season. The new San Diego regime was not interested in bringing him back.