Redskins Make It Official: Clinton Portis Released

As expected, the Redskins released RB Clinton Portis on Monday.

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Redskins Make Clinton Portis' Release Official

As expected, the Washington Redskins on Monday announced the release of RB Clinton Portis. Head coach Mike Shanahan strongly suggested this move was coming during a press conference at the NFL Combine over the weekend.

In a release issued by the team, Portis thanked the organization who traded for him before the 2004 NFL season.

"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 Gibbs and the Redskins fans."

Team owner Daniel Snyder also commented on Portis' release.

"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 now hits the open market for at least a couple of days. He is eligible to sign with any team before March 3rd, the expiration of the current CBA between owners and players.

Check out SB Nation DC and Hogs Haven for more on Portis' release.

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Clinton Portis' Redskins Career Likely To Be Over Soon

The Clinton Portis era is almost over.

In Washington D.C. at least.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan strongly hinted at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis over the weekend that Portis' time in D.C. will be coming to an end very soon.

"Now here's a guy with a high salary-cap (number), and I've always dealt with it a little bit differently," Shanahan said. "If we're not going to sign Clinton to that high salary, I'll let him test the market out. Not to say that we don't want him, but if we want him at a lower price, I'd always give him that option to obviously go out and find the best deal."    

Portis is set to be paid over $8 million in 2011 so it's a no-brainer to, as Shanahan suggests, release him and be done with it or release him and see if he'd like to come back at a lower price tag after testing the market.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday his release should be coming any day now. Portis acknowledged in a radio interview over the weekend that his time as a Redskin is likely over.

If it's time to move on, I'll do that. I'm appreciative of everything they've done for me. I had a good time and enjoyed myself ... I don't think the Washington Redskins owe me anything. I enjoyed my time in DC and I think I made the most of my time here. If it's the end of the road, I'm thankful for my time in Washington.    

Portis will turn 30 years old next season and still averaged over four yards per carry last year, even if it was an injury-riddled year. There will be a home somewhere in the NFL for Portis, perhaps Washington, but at a much lower rate. 

For more on Portis and his eventual release, check out SB Nation DC and Hogs Haven.

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