Redskins coach Mike Shanahan indicated during his press conference Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine that Clinton Portis’ days as a Washington Redskin are numbered.
Shanahan said Portis’ contract number was too high, and he prefers to let a player like that test the market rather than offer him a pay reduction. Shanahan was asked if he anticipated that happening with Portis.
“If I said that, then usually . . . I’m pretty honest with you,” Shanahan said. “I can’t tell you when. It could two days from now, three days from now.”
So Portis is a goner. And while Shanahan left the door open for a return, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense.
Another thing that doesn’t make sense: Albert Haynesworth remains on the roster, and Shanahan said his future with the team was open-ended.
“You never really know. [Haynesworth] had a couple alleged incidents that he has got to take care of,” Shanahan said. “Hopefully that comes out positive. There are a lot of ramifications there. So we’ll take care of that first.”
The Redskins kept Portis a year too long. They also wasted their time with Haynesworth last year when they could have traded him.
At this point, we would be shocked if Haynesworth takes a snap for the team again or if they can get anything for him in a trade. They seem to be hanging on to him at this point out of fruitless, stubborn habit. Just like last year.