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PRESS RELEASE: Clinton Portis Released

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Clinton portis has been released.


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For Immediate Release

February 28, 2011


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have released running back Clinton Portis.

In his seven seasons (2004-10) with the Redskins, Portis played in 84 games with 83 starts. 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 he played in 2010, finishing with 227 rushing yards on 54 carries (4.2 avg.) and two rushing touchdowns.

“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.”

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 Denver Broncos in the second round (51st overall) 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 has been selected to two Pro Bowls, following the 2003 season as a member of the Broncos and following the 2008 season as a member of the Redskins.

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Thank you CP. You brought a lot of excitement to our team. I do like that our front office is making moves to replace old heros a year or two earlier than in years past. Could this be a sign that S. Moss will not be back? Will it be time to move on even though he is still productive?

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Third time I have posted this (one time for each CP thread). I think everybody should be aware of the productivity we are losing with CP being cut, with an eye toward finding a suitable replacement.

In games Clinton Portis has started since arriving in 2004, the Redskins are 40-45, for a 47% winning percentage. This does not sound very good, but consider this: In games CP has not started since arriving in 2004, the Redskins are 8-19, for a 29% winning percentage.

Hold on, it gets worse. In games where CP has carried the ball at least 20 times, the Redskins are 28-18, for a 60% winning percentage. In games where CP has carried the ball less than 20 times the Redskins are 20-46, for a 30% winning percentage.

In review, since Portis has arrived, the 'skins are 18% more likely to win when he starts, and 30% more likely to win when he gets 20+ carries. What that means is that the Redskins are a much better team with Portis than they are without him.

My point is that we are losing a very productive player, and we will have to replace that production. Furthermore, I am not so sure we have a back on the current roster who can do it. CP is probably at the end of his career, judging by the injuries that have plagued him the past couple years, but he leaves behind big shoes to fill.

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