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Report: Redskins to release Portis very soon

Posted on: February 26, 2011 9:27 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

RB Clinton Portis’ time in Washington grows shorter by the hour. And by the time you read this blog post, he could be officially off the roster.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Redskins, who would have to pay Portis about $8.2 million this season, could release him as early as Sunday.

Portis Portis had a good run in Washington, gaining at least 1,250 rushing yards in four of his first five seasons with the Redskins. But he’s missed 19 games the past two years, and after playing in only five contests before suffering a groin injury this season, backup RB Ryan Torain played well in his absence.

Though he’ll turn 30 by the beginning of the 2011 season -- usually the beginning, if not the middle (or the end), of the end for elite RBs -- Portis still feels he’s retained his skills.

"I know I got good football left in me," Portis told reporters this week. "I think being fresh, having been really in the last two years not having a lot of contact, I think the two injuries -- going out with a concussion, and then the torn groin -- was really fluke injuries. I don't think that's a wear and tear, like, 'Oh his body broke down.' I think that was just fluke injuries."

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Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:38 pm

Report: Redskins to release Portis very soon

Well this was going to happen. Whenever you have a rash of injuries, haven't played on over 60% of the games the last two years, turning 30 and going to make over 8 million in the last year of your contract. Did help that Torain and Williams picked it up last year. Portis was good for the first few years with the Skins but he's not an everydown back. He's a slasher and I think he has 4 years left as a specialty back in the NFL. Love his many personalities. Good luck with your next team. Hail to the Redskins.

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:34 pm

Report: Redskins to release Portis very soon

In truth, as a Skins fan, I can honestly say he served . . . competently.  He spent too much time nursing injuries.  He played pass blocking better than people realize though, I will say that.  Anyway, he could still have a few good years in him, but I am anxious to move on to a new Skins team. (Of course, I have felt that way for 20 years  . . .)

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:17 pm

Report: Redskins to release Portis very soon

His numbers don't warrant his salary. Shanahan and Allen made it clear last year when they trimmed the roster that low numbers and high dollars won't work in DC. I know that doesn't explain Haynesworth but let's face it, even his free agent signing defies logic.

Look for Santana Moss to be shown his walking papers next. The dollar issue is borderline with Moss. But it was he and Portis who were running the asylum during the Gibbs' second tenure and on Zorn's watch. That isn't going to happen anymore. Shanahan and Allen have taken control of the franchise.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 10:57 pm

Report: Redskins to release Portis very soon

Portis is 30 and, more importantly, has a ton of carries and quite a few injuries.  He has been a very good back, but it doesn't look like there is much gas left in the tank.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 10:22 pm

Report: Redskins to release Portis very soon

A couple of weeks ago Daniel Snyder did a long interview with MIKE FRANCESCA from here in N.Y.C.  You know, it really seems as if he's changed, he even admitted to being wrong in the past.  By the end of the interview I didn't think he was a total putz anymore.  Hopefully he's a normal owner now.

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2011 9:46 pm

Report: Redskins to release Portis very soon

Even if the groin tear and concussion were fluke injuries at the time,  they now constitute wear and tear.  this guys washed up.  Torain is the future in Washington, albeit an ugly future until Daniel Snyder gets dragged out of the front office by the Hogs.

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