As predicted by the player himself earlier Monday, the Redskins announced that they have released RB Clinton Portis.
In his seven seasons (2004-10) with the Redskins after being acquired via trade with Denver, Portis started 83 of the 84 games in which he played. He ranks second in franchise history in rushing yards (6,824), rushing attempts (1,667) and rushing touchdowns (46).
"Clinton provided excitement from the very first time he touched the ball as a Redskin and we were lucky to witness every ounce of energy, effort and passion he has given ever since," Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said. "We have been through a lot both on and off of the field and we would like to wish him and his family the very best. He will always be a Redskin and go down as one of the franchise's all-time greats."
Portis started all five games in which he played in 2010, finishing with 227 rushing yards on 54 carries (4.2 avg.) and two rushing TDs.
"I would like to thank the organization," Portis said. "Dan [Snyder] and Mike [Shanahan] were honest, straight-up people with me. I always appreciated the opportunity from Dan to play here. Being a Redskin was a special part of my life. Coming and being in that organization, I turned from a kid having fun to a man carrying responsibilities. I tried to put the world on my shoulders for Coach (Joe) Gibbs and the Redskins fans."
Portis ranks 26th in NFL history and fourth among active players with 9,923 career rushing yards in nine NFL seasons. He was originally drafted by the Broncos in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft.
"I've known Clinton Portis since he entered the National Football League and will always respect the competitive drive, intensity and passion that he brought to the organization every day," Redskins executive vice president/head coach Mike Shanahan said.
Portis, a two-time Pro Bowler, had told a local Washington D.C. radio station that he expected to be released Monday.
"There's no hard feelings. It was a mutual decision," he said. "They gave me the opportunity to redo my deal or restructure and continue to talk and try to make a move, but for the organization and after seven years, for myself, maybe it's best."
The way we see it
The 29-year-old Portis has lost some productivity, and wasn't worth the $8.3 million he would have been owed if he remained with the team. His experience should be valuable enough to allow him to catch on with another team.