The Redskins released running back Clinton Portis on Monday, ending his seven seasons in D.C. Portis joined the Redskins in March 2004 as part of a trade that sent Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos. Since then, Portis has rushed for 6,824 yards and 46 touchdowns. Both of those totals are second-most in Redskins history behind only Hall of Famer John Riggins.
Rumors of a change had been circulating for some time. Last week Coach Shanahan indicated that the running back’s high salary cap figure would factor into his future with the Redskins. The Redskins were looking to sign Portis at a lower salary but when the offer was made, Portis declined and said it was time to move on.
Injuries may have also played a factor in the decision. The 29-year-old running back has suffered season-ending injuries the last two years and three of the last five years.
Portis leaves the Redskins with some noteworthy records. Along with the single-season rushing title, Portis owns franchise records with nine 100+ rushing games in a single season (2005) and 26 career 100-yard rushing games.