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Redskins pick up Willie Parker

The Washington Redskins are about to add another running back to their already crowded backfield.

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Redskins reached an agreement with free agent running back Willie Parker. According to Schefter, it’s a one-year contract with a maximum value of $3.1 million.

The Redskins already had Clinton Portis, and in March they added Larry Johnson. Now they have three running backs who have been among the best in the league in the past, but who appear to have lost a step.

Although Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has suggested that he expects Portis to keep the starting job, Schefter reports that Parker has been told there will be an open competition for the starting job.

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  1. dabarber says: Apr 2, 2010 3:19 PM

    Yes! Keep throwing that money away Danny boy!

  2. BBB82 says: Apr 2, 2010 3:19 PM

    That is one old a$$ backfield.

  3. SnydersLapDog says: Apr 2, 2010 3:21 PM

    Do three “lost a step” guys equal one “gained a step” guy ?
    I guess if you have an equal share running committee, this might work. Has this ever been tried before ? I know in most running committees, someone carries 80% of the itme and the others pick up the rest.
    We’ll see. Draft day will tell me everything I need to know or fear about the Skins upcoming year.

  4. Bird Man says: Apr 2, 2010 3:22 PM

    There might be a way to link Schefter’s twitter account directly to this site. You should look into it. It could save you some time.

  5. Chapnasty2 says: Apr 2, 2010 3:22 PM

    Willie Parker was never among the top 15 in the league. Hey MDS, is Florio teaching you guys how to write?

  6. SATAN567 says: Apr 2, 2010 3:23 PM

    Willie has got to be happy about getting out of Pissburgh and into the hands of Shanahan.

  7. habibfromnewdehli says: Apr 2, 2010 3:23 PM

    So a team that needs offensive line and linebackers…
    adds none.
    But adds two expensive, old, running backs?
    Nice to see that now that there is no salary cap… the Redskins actually CAN make worse decisions than in years past when there was one.

  8. iegee says: Apr 2, 2010 3:24 PM

    !!!!!!!!! SKINS!!!

  9. Matt Cribbin says: Apr 2, 2010 3:24 PM

    I love competition, HTTR!

  10. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 2, 2010 3:25 PM

    is Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright still on the rosteR?

  11. hrmlss says: Apr 2, 2010 3:25 PM

    “Redskins pick up Willie Parker”
    Then one of their recievers dropped him…..

  12. Hauschild says: Apr 2, 2010 3:25 PM

    That’s a waste of money. RB’s – with legs – are a dime a dozen. Why overspend on a guy who no longer “has it”???

  13. stiller43 says: Apr 2, 2010 3:26 PM

    Are they trying to compile the pro bowl backfield from 2006?

  14. Bdrunk says: Apr 2, 2010 3:26 PM

    Good luck Willie. You will be missed.

  15. GridIron says: Apr 2, 2010 3:26 PM

    Cancel the season and just give the trophy to the Redskins.

  16. toonster says: Apr 2, 2010 3:26 PM

    Well … sure feels like Portis is on thin ice. Furthermore, with 3 older RB’s, look for them to hand off the ball a ton, which may make it easier to play a rookie QB.

  17. myspaceyourface says: Apr 2, 2010 3:28 PM

    Good Luck Willie. . . You will be missed. . . Thanks for the memories.

  18. ZimmyMan says: Apr 2, 2010 3:29 PM

    This is going to be great!
    ShannaRat brings another rodent to his sewer.
    Now I really have to wonder how
    Clinton “a man should be able to do what he wants to
    his dogs” Portis and Larry “spit helmut” Johnson are going to
    deal with this new turn of events?
    If cancer Larry doesn’t get his carries then the some women in D.C. are probably gonna take some serious beatings.

  19. Bite-me-Florio says: Apr 2, 2010 3:29 PM

    hooraay! the redskins still suck

  20. Deb says: Apr 2, 2010 3:30 PM

    Normally, I wish former Steelers all the luck in the world–even when they leave for the $$$–and I continue to root for them when they find new homes. The exception to that rule is former Steelers who badmouth the organization on the way out the door. You didn’t get the playing time last year because your performance deteriorated. So the Redskins are welcome to have you continue to deteriorate for them. Just remember how many rings you’d be wearing if you’d been with them all along.
    Trading you for Randle El–one of the former Steelers I’ve never stopped cheering–is a gift.

  21. Didier says: Apr 2, 2010 3:31 PM

    I attend Steelers’ games and Willie just hasn’t lost a step, he’s lost two steps over the past couple of seasons.
    Sure, with a big hole, Willie can run through it, just like LaDainian can, but both have lost the burst that elevated them among running backs.
    Unless Portis and Johnson are both injured, Willie will run for about the same 400 yards, or less, he ran all season for the Steelers.
    The Steelers and other NFL teams were smart and, although I like Coach Mike, this was not a smart move.

  22. Matt Cribbin says: Apr 2, 2010 3:32 PM

    Expensive, none of the Redskins signings have been expensive at all. They’re all incentive laden. These guys may be seen as old but who’s to say what they can or can’t do with Shanahan and new motivation.

  23. ncm42 says: Apr 2, 2010 3:35 PM

    Bird Man: Greatest comment in PFT history, old site or new! 5/5!!!!

  24. JTAM963 says: Apr 2, 2010 3:36 PM

    Haha wow, I thought the Bears were dumb. Well, they still are, but adding 2 veteran RB to back up another?? Makes ZERO sense and yeah they had other needs to address. STUPID!!
    BEAR DOWN

  25. iegee says: Apr 2, 2010 3:36 PM

    hail

  26. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 2, 2010 3:36 PM

    what the hell

  27. 123456789 says: Apr 2, 2010 3:37 PM

    There is a reason the Steelers don’t want Willie Parker anymore. He is an over-the-hill, injury-prone, old race horse.
    Prepare for more losing seasons, Redskins fans. Your organization has fallen from grace faster than that scumbag Pope…..what’s his name? Pope Benedict?
    Maybe, Ovechkin can take D.C. to the Promised Land….unless the Caps choke again this season. Ha!!

  28. Ruhskins says: Apr 2, 2010 3:40 PM

    “habibfromnewdehli says:
    April 2, 2010 3:23 PM
    So a team that needs offensive line and linebackers…
    adds none.
    But adds two expensive, old, running backs?
    Nice to see that now that there is no salary cap… the Redskins actually CAN make worse decisions than in years past when there was one.”
    **************************************
    The only UFAs available are in their mid to late 30s. Washington doesn’t need to add more old linemen that can (and will with our luck) breakdown mid season.
    All these acquisitions (LJ, Parker) are low-risk/incentive laden contracts. People need to read the news better before using old/over-used cliches to criticize the team.

  29. Tomthebombtracy says: Apr 2, 2010 3:40 PM

    Willie was leading the NFL in rushing in Week 16 when he tore his ACL on that artificial crap carpet in St. Louis in 2007…costing him the rushing title……I think that qaulified him as a Top 15.
    He doesn’t have that many miles on him because he didn’t play much in college and his hands of stone as a receiver got in out of the backfield in a lot of third downs.
    Football has so many ifs it should be called Ifootball. But if he recovers this could be a steal. The Steelers wanted him back but his ego got in the way when Mendenhall…who can catch the ball…became the starter.

  30. 65TossPowerTrap says: Apr 2, 2010 3:43 PM

    Redskins backfield=Hot Tub Time Machine. None of these guys have any gas left. Good luck, Shana-tan.

  31. Shank says: Apr 2, 2010 3:49 PM

    Is it me or is Shanny making the Redskins the Raiders of the East Coast? He collects QBs like Heff collects 20 something year old blonds. Now he’s acting like the FED, which takes old money out of circulation, by taking old running backs off the market.
    LJ can’t go hard anymore – if you’re reading this sorry dude. Not sorry for you though because you’re making a shitload of money to run 8 inches per game.
    Portis…a head strong warrior that did the best he could behind a piss-poor OL.
    Used-to-be-Fast Willie…if he can stay healthy for more than 5 games he might be good for splitting the tackles. what might work though is letting WP jump on LJs shoulders so that when LJ gets hit behind the line WP can jump off and run like hell into an official.

  32. Anarcho Purplism says: Apr 2, 2010 3:51 PM

    And yet another collective groan coming from fantasy footballers everywhere.

  33. AllThat says: Apr 2, 2010 3:56 PM

    What, they couldn’t find Shawn Alexander?

  34. larr999777 says: Apr 2, 2010 3:57 PM

    Wisdom has been shown again by the Redskins, putting pressure and competion on Portis will bring out the best in him. If not they will not be held hostage with Larry Johnson and Willie Jackson !!!

  35. prettio says: Apr 2, 2010 4:01 PM

    Bruce Allen is now the odds on favorite to win his 2005 Fantasy pool.

  36. Cubano says: Apr 2, 2010 4:04 PM

    @ hrmlss
    One of the best comments of the day! LMAO

  37. kvh59 says: Apr 2, 2010 4:13 PM

    They should call Seattle and see if Julius Jones is available

  38. downwithdansnyder says: Apr 2, 2010 4:16 PM

    Why not Thomas Jones or LT?

  39. rickah8888 says: Apr 2, 2010 4:24 PM

    @ Chapstick,
    I see comprehension is not your strong suit!
    “Willie Parker was never among the top 15 in the league. Hey MDS, is Florio teaching you guys how to write?”
    2005 12th in rushing
    2006 6th in rushing
    2007 4th in rushing
    Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son!

  40. rickah8888 says: Apr 2, 2010 4:24 PM

    @ Chapstick,
    I see comprehension is not your strong suit!
    “Willie Parker was never among the top 15 in the league. Hey MDS, is Florio teaching you guys how to write?”
    2005 12th in rushing
    2006 6th in rushing
    2007 4th in rushing
    Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son!

  41. DanRooney says: Apr 2, 2010 4:36 PM

    2005 12th in rushing – Great OL
    2006 6th in rushing – Great OL
    2007 4th in rushing – Faneca leaves. 3.9 YPC. More negative plays from scrimmage than any other back in the league.
    2008. LOL
    2009. LMAO

  42. tleg81 says: Apr 2, 2010 4:42 PM

    For all of you Redskins fans who thinks this is a bad move, or for anybody who thinks this is a bad move…..think again.
    Willie is a motivational type of player. When he is doubted is when he performs the best. Doubted in NC, undrafted in the NFL, and a practice squad guy for a year. The SECOND he got his chance he let it all out and ran all over the place….and fast! Willie is extremely motivated again being cast aside by the Steelers for Mendenhall. (That was a move the Steelers had to make, and while Willie plays great when he feels the need to prove himself, he sucks when he gets comfortable) Willie was PISSED when they drafted RM in the 1st round, and even more pissed when he lost his job. So I expect him to play really motivated for the Skins, and that means you may be getting a diamond in the rough. Lets face it, the dude can run when he feels the need to prove something, and he has 2 rings. I think he will be the starter by week 3.
    Until he gets comfortable, then its all over

  43. vtsquirm says: Apr 2, 2010 4:43 PM

    i don’t see why everyone is making such a fuss. its an ENCENTIVE LADEN contract. Besides, he may not even make the team, if not–no loss. If they were tossing draft picks out the window that would be a problem, this is NOT a bad move. It may light a fire under Portis. We will get our lineman soon enough.

  44. Deb says: Apr 2, 2010 4:47 PM

    Now Willie’s saying he didn’t badmouth Pittsburgh, that the report supposedly came from a friend misquoting him. He said positive things about the Steelers and Mendenhall to the Post-Gazette. That being the case, I do wish him good luck in Washington … and some new friends who don’t call reporters claiming to speak for him.

  45. gurnblanston says: Apr 2, 2010 5:09 PM

    Just gotta find out who wants to hit the hole. Hail!

  46. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Apr 2, 2010 5:10 PM

    # habibfromnewdehli says: April 2, 2010 3:23 PM
    So a team that needs offensive line and linebackers…
    adds none.
    But adds two expensive, old, running backs?
    Nice to see that now that there is no salary cap… the Redskins actually CAN make worse decisions than in years past when there was one.
    @habib
    Are you retarded? How are either of those backs expensive? You must be the dumbest son of a b*tch on earth. Since when is a ceiling of 3.1 million expensive for a running back? How are either of these guys a bad decision? They cost next to nothing. Shanahan always gets the best out of nothing when it comes to this position. I don’t understand your reasoning and I am sure no one else does. Please enlighten us.

  47. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 2, 2010 5:39 PM

    Hope ya’ll don’t mind if I take a moment to get a little misty eyed, and take a stroll down memory lane to reminisce about the brief, scintillating Steeler career of one Fast Willie Parker Jr.
    It seems like only yesterday that 26 years of frustration ended with Willie turning the corner on the Seahawks, and outracing the entire Seattle team plus Dale Earnhardt Jr. on his way to a Superman leap into the end zone, scoring the game winning, morale destroying, Super Bowl record setting TD run in the process.
    Superman he was. How many of those great, great people are gone now? J Peezy. Faneca. Jerome. The Chin. Wiz. Grimm. So many others that have gone on to success for other teams, or retirement.
    Willie – one day you were a third-string nobody, an undrafted, cheap filler behind Jerome and Duce. Then, in the first game of 2005, you were shot out of a cannon against the Titans, as the Bus and Duce sat on the sidelines nursing injuries. You were truly a completely unexpected surprise, and a completely necessary part of 2 Super Bowl runs.
    Godspeed, Fast Willie Parker, Godspeed to you.

  48. jparitzky says: Apr 2, 2010 5:49 PM

    wow!! That be a really sick backfield to have on your 2005 fantasy football team

  49. Hap says: Apr 2, 2010 5:49 PM

    “Oh, Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling!”

  50. pokerpro7s says: Apr 2, 2010 6:02 PM

    I’m guessing Portis gets traded. Otherwise this doesn’t make much sense. At any rate, good luck FWP and thanks for your years of service to the black & gold.

  51. Drafty says: Apr 2, 2010 7:15 PM

    “Now they have three running backs who have been among the best in the league in the past, but who appear to have lost a step.”
    Call this Shanny’s M.O. At all positions.
    DieHardSkinsFan21: “Shanahan always gets the best out of nothing when it comes to this position.”
    That’s the myth, anyway. Yeti, Sasquatch, Nessie ….. Kind of like, “Shanahan can develop quarterbacks.” He gets a lot out of “nothing” between the 20s.
    There aren’t any Elways, Youngs, Zimmermans or Davises (money INSIDE the 20s) on the ‘Skins roster. And those guys were never put on a roster by Shanny. Enjoy your delusion.

  52. Jack Burton says: Apr 2, 2010 7:19 PM

    Mirroring the move Barry Foster decided to make, good luck stinking it up in the cellar.

  53. DeeDubb says: Apr 3, 2010 12:51 PM

    This move is nothing more than adding another body in training camp. IMO, Parker fits more of Shanahan’s running scheme and I thought he was a done deal weeks ago. The only pressure this adds to is Larry Johnson. Portis is going nowhere and even though LJ got a “3 year deal,” it’s not guarenteed beyond next year which doesn’t necessarily make him a lock to make the roster this year if Parker out performs him.
    This is a good move for the team as a whole because it breeds competition. Good to finally see a Redskins coach light a fire under his players’ ass.

  54. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 3, 2010 9:23 PM

    Sad…

  55. #1redskins-fan says: Apr 4, 2010 6:20 AM

    It’s an open training camp. Shanahan and Allen are going to turn this team around as long as snyder doesn’t interfer. We need o-line. That’s our #1 problem, not Jason Campbell, not our backfield, o-line. I’m at every home game and I love my team. But with zorm as head coach the past couple years, there was nothing good to come out of it. You take a quarterbacks coach to o coordintor, then to head coach, stupid. Cerrato needed to go, nest thing that happened to us period. We have young receivers, that need game time experience to be big time receivers. The team needs to be rebuilt, the right way. And I think we have the right people at the top to do so.

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