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Clinton Portis wants to play football again

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Another colorful NFL player that dominated headlines last decade wants to return to the league.’s Steve Wyche reports that Clinton Portis wants to play football again. His agent has already heard from a few interested teams and plans to meet with them at the Combine.

Don’t call it a comeback just yet. It’s not like Portis chose to retire last year. He worked out for six teams and no one signed him to a contract. After one workout, he was reportedly said to be in poor shape.

Portis told Wyche that he struggled with the idea of playing last year because he was “heartbroken” after getting released by the Redskins. But that doesn’t match up with his actions last year. Last August, Portis spread the word he was willing to pay his own way just to get to workouts.

“I’m ready to go back, ready to work things out and I’m open to idea of going out to prove that I can still play,” Portis said Thursday.

Perhaps Portis will get a test drive in training camp somewhere, but it didn’t happen for him last year. It sounds like he’s taking the Randy Moss approach and using a quiet time in the NFL news cycle to get some attention.

The next step: PortisTV on UStream.

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46 Responses to “Clinton Portis wants to play football again”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 16, 2012 4:04 PM

    Good luck, Clinton.

    – Tiki Barber

  2. losntina69 says: Feb 16, 2012 4:09 PM

    Perhaps maybe he should of thought about this when he was worried about talking to Dan Synder instead of being in training camp. Or maybe he should of wanted this after we trade a franchise CB for a dime a dozen RB, who’s best play as a Redskin was when he ran 65 yards against Tampa Bay yet he failed to reach the end zone. That should of been a red flag.

  3. mike5011ad says: Feb 16, 2012 4:12 PM

    So do I…so do I (sigh)…

  4. seangifford says: Feb 16, 2012 4:13 PM

    Unfortunately for him, “want” and “effectively able” are two completely different things….

  5. moolah954 says: Feb 16, 2012 4:15 PM

    I say give him a shot hes a productive running back….. and it is all about the U

  6. ronswansonsdinner says: Feb 16, 2012 4:15 PM

    Loved this guy on the Skins. I hope he makes it back to the NFL, even though he probably won’t. Once running backs hit the age of 30, their bodies just can’t take it anymore. Quite the character, except that he’s probably more well known for his outrageous outfits instead of his talent.

  7. t2live says: Feb 16, 2012 4:17 PM

    I don’t think he will be a starter again. He’ll go to the backup role for now.

  8. boon613 says: Feb 16, 2012 4:19 PM

    Where do I find a pair of shades like that?

  9. hdmoyer says: Feb 16, 2012 4:23 PM

    Good luck Clinton

    Terrell Owens

  10. bigjd says: Feb 16, 2012 4:27 PM

    He was done 3 years ago. What makes him think he can play now?

  11. moderndayjhericurl says: Feb 16, 2012 4:28 PM

    Bless his heart.

  12. kingdm8 says: Feb 16, 2012 4:30 PM

    Perhaps maybe he should of thought about this when he was worried about talking to Dan Synder instead of being in training camp. Or maybe he should of wanted this after we trade a franchise CB for a dime a dozen RB, who’s best play as a Redskin was when he ran 65 yards against Tampa Bay yet he failed to reach the end zone. That should of been a red flag.


    should’ve > should of

  13. norseyapper says: Feb 16, 2012 4:39 PM

    Let’s see, we’ve got TO & Randy Moss at WR, we’ve got Tiki and Portis at RB, we’ve got Jeff George at QB….we’re only short five washed up-broken down-has been been but still want to be somebody–O linemen and we’ll be well on the way on the offensive side of the ball!

  14. jayh1492 says: Feb 16, 2012 4:40 PM

    He can play with TO on his new team

  15. zeedoubleyou says: Feb 16, 2012 4:42 PM

    Father Time is undefeated. Sorry Clinton, you’re done.

  16. tizomps says: Feb 16, 2012 4:48 PM

    So do I.

  17. seahawks80 says: Feb 16, 2012 4:48 PM

    May as well stick to dressing up in drag Clinton, your football days are over.

  18. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Feb 16, 2012 4:53 PM

    Sure. He can play football again… Just not in the NFL. I hear TO is looking for some friends.

  19. nflsucker says: Feb 16, 2012 4:56 PM

    There are enough of these stories about has-been, semi-deranged or quitter players that they should form a small league for these weeks leading up to the draft. Call it the EFL, or Ego Football League. Tiki would be in for sure, and Jamarcus and Gholston. It would be a hoot to watch them not really compete very hard against each other.

  20. marty2019 says: Feb 16, 2012 4:59 PM

    Clinton Portis wants to play football again.

    Translation: Clinton Portis is broke.

    Just like Randy Moss.

  21. huskersrock1 says: Feb 16, 2012 5:02 PM

    I want to win powerball. I like my odds up against Clinton’s of getting back into the NFL.

    80 million to one is still greater than never.

  22. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Feb 16, 2012 5:03 PM

    I’m so glad Denver traded him for Champ. That trade was a steal.

  23. mclovin07 says: Feb 16, 2012 5:04 PM

    I’m not sure who’s more desperate to get back in the NFL, him, or Moss…

  24. phinfan says: Feb 16, 2012 5:06 PM

    Well lets see if I was starting a franchise of losers we could start with: Jeff George (QB), Clinton Portis (RB), T.O. and Moss…

  25. dmvskins703 says: Feb 16, 2012 5:06 PM

    Skins sign him to a 1 year deal let him see the field as a 3 down back and retire as one of the skins hall of fame back

  26. cliffordc05 says: Feb 16, 2012 5:09 PM

    Clinton Portis wants to get paid again. Period.

  27. skinsdag says: Feb 16, 2012 5:11 PM

    as a skins fan I liked Portis. He was a great blocking back. People bash him like he had 1 productive season like Hillis or something. Gibbs used him so much he messed the guy up. not many backs could have done what Portis did. Not gonna lie kinda of a diva at times, but the man deserves some respect.

  28. bcknights says: Feb 16, 2012 5:13 PM

    I have a semi-pro team he can play for.

  29. frank booth says: Feb 16, 2012 5:16 PM

    moolah954 says:
    Feb 16, 2012 4:15 PM
    I say give him a shot hes a productive running back….. and it is all about the U
    I’m sure he made more money at the “U” than he’s making now.

  30. bigtganks says: Feb 16, 2012 5:21 PM

    I want to be 25 again.

  31. cowboyhater says: Feb 16, 2012 5:32 PM

    Ahh.. another bankrupt NFL player.

  32. getyourownname says: Feb 16, 2012 5:36 PM

    You mean to say a player is struggling to replace his playing salary after football?

  33. wvucolumbus says: Feb 16, 2012 5:37 PM

    And I want to watch him.

    Just kidding.

  34. rajbais says: Feb 16, 2012 6:10 PM

    You were “heartbroken”?????

    What are you, 5 years old????

    You expected to come back when you stunk and Mike Shanahan hated you in Denver????

    You had tryouts in 2011!!!! What happened??? Nothing!!!! You’re more done than Tiki Barber!!!

    Call home, get your finances in shape, and wear your stupid costumes and play whatever seven-year-old’s game you play while wearing them there!!!!!

  35. getadealdonealready says: Feb 16, 2012 6:28 PM

    I want to ride a unicorn!

  36. ballergac says: Feb 16, 2012 6:33 PM

    Yea… We all do.. good luck with that. I remember Madden game years back if u simulated a lot of seasons, he always ended up breaking Emmitts rushing record. I guess since he was so young and Washington was run heavy. So far for simulations.. lol

  37. omegalh says: Feb 16, 2012 6:36 PM

    How do these guys go bankrupt so quickly?

  38. skinsfan5 says: Feb 16, 2012 6:37 PM

    Sounds like somebody ran out of Snyder Bucks

  39. dan7800 says: Feb 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    You are over 30. Done.

  40. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 16, 2012 7:53 PM

    You people bashing Portis ain’t right. He was a fantastic player for several years under Joe Gibbs and Zorn. But hey, no arguing he was done when Shanny let him go, he isn’t going to come back and do much if anything…Clearly it’s time for him to start putting that college degree from The “U” to work…..was that an English major, or what?

  41. cardmagnet says: Feb 16, 2012 9:10 PM

    Signing Portis to use in a reserve role is a great move for any given team. He can’t handle the full load, but he can tear it up in short yardage situations. Think about the last team that cut him…the Redskins.

    Shanahan & Son seem to coach with their heads tucked into a very dark hole, so his release doesn’t mean he had nothing to offer, it was just a mix of a brilliant Shanahan move like Rex Grossman starting and a byproduct of a stacked depth chart at RB. As far as the other teams not picking him up after a workout, it’s easy to fall out of shape when you’re depressed and lose a little drive. I buy that he didn’t have the same fire, and it’s plausible that he has thrown a few logs on and stoked those flames again. If he got his work out on in the offseason, he can easily go back to punishing linebackers to pick up the first down.

  42. 69finfan says: Feb 16, 2012 9:23 PM

    CP looks like George Clinton.

  43. skinsdan says: Feb 17, 2012 12:37 AM

    SouthEast Jerome, I have need on my flag team.

    K, thanks, bye

  44. fdugrad says: Feb 17, 2012 7:44 AM

    At least he has his valuable college education from ” The U ” and can articulate his positions and outlooks regarding the real working world that his degree has prepared him to now enter. Another sad example of a former ” student-ath a leet ” realizing too late, that majoring in football and partying has its drawbacks some fifteen years later, when you have blown your entire fortune and have NO marketable job skills.

  45. whyalwaysthehate says: Feb 17, 2012 11:50 AM

    Clinton can still be a serviceable situation back. He has skills and can play the game. With the short passing game all the rage I believe he can contribute. He knows his feature back days are behind. If healthy I think he’s worth a gamble. Spring Hill burger and fries baby. Catch and look for a soft spot.

  46. londonfletcher says: Feb 17, 2012 1:45 PM

    Hey, a lot of people want to play football again…

    And that’s coming from a long time Redskins and Portis fan.

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