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."
"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.