When Mike Shanahan ran the Denver Broncos, he drafted Clinton Portis, coached him to two 1,500-yard rushing seasons, and then traded him to the Washington Redskins.
Now Shanahan runs the Redskins, and he says Portis will remain in Washington.
“He’s our running back,” Shanahan told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius NFL Radio.
Portis played only eight games, had a career-low 494 yards and wasn’t always the most popular man in the Redskins’ locker room last year, and that led to speculation that Portis might not be back with the team for the 2010 season. But Portis’s contract may be the biggest factor in keeping him. The Redskins owe Portis $6.43 million guaranteed in 2010 whether he plays for the team or not.
For his part, Shanahan says he has positive memories of Portis.
“I don’t go back to what happened the last couple years or listen to differences of opinion. I just know what Clinton did for me,” Shanahan said. “I expect him to be in great shape and do everything he can to be the best player. If he does that, I know what type of ability he has. Hopefully, he can help us win.”