Portis retiring as a Redskin

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Southeast Jerome is calling it quits, once and for all.

Running back Clinton Portis, a colorful and productive tailback for the Broncos and Redskins who at one point dressed up for each of his press conferences as a different character, will retire on Thursday as a member of the Redskins.

The press conference at Redskins Park will feature Portis and owner Daniel Snyder.  Conspicuous in his absence from the official notice is head coach Mike Shanahan, who traded Portis from Denver to Washington after a pair of 1,500-yard seasons to start his career.

Portis played only five games for the Redskins in Shanahan’s first year as head coach.  During that season, Portis said publicly that the benching of quarterback Donovan McNabb left players “scared,” a contention that Shanahan tersely dismissed.  Some believe that Portis would have been cut by Shanahan not long after getting the job, but for $6.4 million in guaranteed base salary that had been parked in the uncapped year of 2010.

Portis, who wanted to return in 2011 but drew no interest, finishes 27th on the all-time rushing list, with 9,923 yards.  He was the 2002 offensive rookie of the year, and a Pro Bowler in 2003 and 2008.

UPDATE 3:27 p.m. ET:  Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie tells PFT that Shanahan will attend the press conference.  The former notice from the Redskins, structured in a useful “who, what, when, where” format, listed only Portis and Snyder under the “who” category.  Wyllie says Shanahan and G.M. Bruce Allen will be present but not speaking; Portis and Snyder will speak.

28 responses to “Portis retiring as a Redskin

  1. Clinton Portis is unquestionably the best RB of the last decade 2000-2010. He did everthing well and was the best blocker I’ve seen in along time at the position yeah! A hall of famer in my opinion oh yeahhhhhh!

  2. One more thing to add, his performance in the final 5 games of 2005 “Five in a row or we don’t go” where he put the team on his back by going over 100 yards with despite a dreadful Mark Brunell (Brunell was a joke at that point as we saw in the playoffs) will never be forgotten by RedskinNation. You rule CP, oooohhh yeahhh!

  3. I always admired the way he played with reckless abandon on the field. I didn’t admire his attitude towards working hard in practice and during the offseason, and the way he sometimes threw teammates under the bus.

  4. In his prime, he was a fantastic player- great runner, excellent pass blocker, good once in a while catching passes, and ALWAYS the guy who would make the tackle when someone threw a pick or fumbled, whether it was Brunell, Ramsey, Campbell, who ever.

    But a strange bird, indeed

  5. I haven’t seen a lot of football(by that I mean going back to old games in the 70s or 80s) but from what I saw, this guy was the best pass blocking running back that I came across.

  6. He was not the least bit funny, but was willing to do anything for attention.

    And Walter Payton is the greatest pass-blocking back of all time.

  7. I’ll never forget his very first run from scrimmage for the Redskins–a 64 yard TD against the Bucs in 2004. Awesome juke through the right side of the line, then GONE!!!

  8. This article highlights why the Redskins are consistently in the cellar of the NFC East. First, they trade a shutdown corner in Champ for Portis. I dont care how good of a RB someone is, you dont trade a CB like that for him. Second, they trade two high draft picks, to a division rival nonetheless, for a clearly declining McNabb. Great wayof making your team worse and strengthening the Eagles at the same time. These are just 2 of the many, many reasons why the Redskins are a complete laughingstock of a franchise.

  9. @bluebalz – Champ Bailey was going to leave anyway. CP was a great RB for the Redskins in a period when they did go to the playoffs a couple times. He is one of the best. Now, go back down to the basement where you live and take care of your bluebalz.

  10. Blueball: the Eagles suck bro. Vick is a running qb and is old now plus always hurt. Good luck with that.

  11. What a great character. A guy full of fun. And a helluva RB. Congrats on a great career and for having such a charming sense of humor.

  12. I really had hopes that someone would give him a shot last year. Alas giving declining players one last shot doesn’t seem to be the NFL’s motif anymore.

    Anyway, just had to log in to say how much I appreciated his play on the field, and his antics off of it. Guy played with heart the size of a mountain.

    He’s unfortunately loathed by the idiots on Redskins talk radio, which is odd, since he had Adrian Peterson like numbers on some awful awful teams.

    Much love Portis. Thanks for the great memories. Hail!

  13. CP was a great member of the Redskins. The video of him and Cooley “hunting rams” before a game against St. Louis is absolutely hilarious.

    As weird as this guy was off the field, he was twice as good on it. He played with 110% ferocity every Sunday until possibly his last season when dealing with a *completely* torn groin muscle…thing ripped clean off his pelvis.

    I will miss seeing him absolutely destroy LBs in pass protection, any player on D that was trying to return a turnover, or lead blocking for WRs and TEs 75 yards down field at full speed.

    Thanks for the memories CP! As Gibbs would put it “He is a true Redskin”

  14. pastabelly says: Aug 21, 2012 4:22 PM

    Denver got the better of the deal. A shut down corner versus an above average running back.

    ya think? Obviously Washington got the short end of the straw there. Champ is a clear first ballot hall of fame talent. Portis is not. What he deserves credit for, however, is working his hardest to make the trade worthwhile for his new team: the complete antithesis of McNabb in Washington. So yeah, the trade was stupid, but Portis deserves nothing but high praise from anyone who values good effort, good football, and hard working tailbacks.
    blueballzny says: Aug 21, 2012 8:48 PM

    This article highlights why the Redskins are consistently in the cellar of the NFC East. First, they trade a shutdown corner in Champ for Portis. I dont care how good of a RB someone is, you dont trade a CB like that for him…

    Yes, see above, it was a bad trade, and if Bailey had stayed in DC, things might have gone very differently over the last decade. However, saying that Washington’s last several seasons in the basement of the NFC East were caused by a trade back in 2004 is a little bit much. In fact, during his hayday, Portis more or less singlehandedly lifted the Redskins out of the cellar of the NFC East, which has been, unarguably, the most competitive division in football over the last decade.

  15. I get that you guys didn’t like the trade. But you must not follow the Redskins – b/c if you did you’d recognize that Champ was done with the Skins. He wanted out.

    This was known and the Redskins negotiated his trade from a position of weakness. Considering they got something … for nothing and btw what a great something that was …CP.

    I’ll take that trade all day long if Bailey is gonna be discontent and disappointed to be on the team. And if Bailey is gonna want to leave then I’d have made the same trade.

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