JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -The New Orleans Saints signed second-round pick Tracy Porter to a four-year contract on Friday, then released veteran tight end Eric Johnson, whose starting job was in jeopardy after the Saints traded for Jeremy Shockey earlier in the week.
Shortly after signing his first pro contract, Porter, a cornerback who was taken 40th overall in April's draft, took the field for the Saints' fourth practice of training camp.
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.
He played receiver at Yale before switching to tight end in the NFL and led San Francisco in receiving yards in 2004, when he had 82 catches for 825 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.
However, 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.
With Porter's arrival, the only Saints draft choice remaining unsigned and out of camp was former Southern California defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, the seventh overall pick.
Porter, who grew up a Saints fan in Port Allen, La., was a four-year starter in college at Indiana and was defensive captain and a first-team All-Big Ten selection his senior year.
He intercepted 16 passes in his college career, including six in 2007.
He was also the only player in Indiana history to return a punt, interception and fumble for a touchdown in addition to setting an Indiana all-time record with 413 yards in interception returns.

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