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Report: Clinton Portis tried out with Patriots

Posted on: August 19, 2011 6:54 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 8:58 pm
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PortisPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In case you were wondering what happened to RB Clinton Portis -- aside from the fact Ryan Torain is still waving to him in his rearview mirror -- the Boston Herald has the news that the former Redskins star was in town Friday to work out with the Patriots.

Portis has had a number of good years for the Broncos and Redskins, gaining at least 1,200 yards in six of the seven seasons between 2002-08,and it’s a tad surprising his name hasn’t been brought up more as a viable free agent (I mean, when Tiki Barber is getting more pub than you, that’s not a great thing). But then again, Portis is 29 years old -- certainly middle age at his position -- and he’s been slowed down by injuries.

Last year, the loss of Portis for 11 games (he only carried the ball 54 times for 227 yards after suffering a torn abdominal muscle) led to the impressive play by Torain, hastening Portis’ departure out of town, especially since he was going to be paid $8.2 million for 2011.

It seems rather unlikely the Patriots are the team for Portis, though. They’ve already got young talent in BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead, as well as draft picks Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see Portis land somewhere this season.

As the preseason continues, there are bound to be teams who wouldn’t mind having Portis around to help build depth. Wouldn’t you rather have him than Barber anyway?

First, he'll have to get in better shape. As the Boston Globe writes, Portis apparently wasn't at all fit during his tryout after having to lose 25 pounds in two weeks. Hmm, maybe teams would rather have an in-shape Barber rather than an eccentric overweight Portis.

UPDATED (8:56 p.m. ET): Player agent JR Rickert disputes the Globe claim. He tweeted that Poris weighed in at 222 pounds and there is "absolutely no truth to him being overweight."

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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Report: Clinton Portis tried out with Patriots

Portis?   Can you say "Primadonna?"



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:42 am
 

Report: Clinton Portis tried out with Patriots

Yeah, everyone knows it's belicheat.  NE is just deflecting attention away from their mistakes of trading away draft picks for Fat Albert and 8stinko.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:34 am
 

Report: Clinton Portis tried out with Patriots

Torain done for year.Az is on the clock for Portis.



Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:53 am
 

Report: Clinton Portis tried out with Patriots

Bellicheck, really. Ah, the beauty of the internet. You don't have to know what your talking about or how to remotely spell a person's name.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Report: Clinton Portis tried out with Patriots

The Patriots were never going to sign him.  Bringing him in try out was just another one of Bellicheck's games to get another team to sign him since the Patriots "showed interest".  I love Portis, but he's no longer an NFL running back, maybe a back up or goal line guy, but his days of shouldering the load are over.  I miss Clinton Portis as a Bronco and his entertaining interviews, but the best thing he ever did for the Broncos was to give us Champ Bailey!  Thanks for everything Clinton!


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