Monday, February 28, 2011

Skins cut ties with veteran Portis after Seven Seasons

Earlier today the Washington Redskins cut ties with their Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis, according to team sources.

After seven seasons with the team, the recently injury-ridden back--missed a total of 19 games over the past two seasons--has had back-to-back underachieving seasons and has proved he can no longer carry the full workload in D.C.

The two-time Pro Bowler will be 30 by the start of the 2011 regular season, and it's clear that Portis would only be a third-down back at the most.
Luckily for Portis, there are a couple of teams out there that would love to have a player of his caliber to help mentor its group of younger running backs. But, at his age, there's no way he'd get a long-term contract and/or be a feature back in any offensive system.

He will be signed to a short, one or two-year contract with a team that likely already has its feature running back. Despite the fact he's past his prime and had been battling lagging concussion symptoms this past season, someone should make him an offer and hand him a uniform to sport for the 2011 regular season.

Photo Credit
Clinton Portis: AP Photo/Nick Wass

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