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Portis: Another used-up back

Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 3:49 pm

The cruel reality of being an NFL running back slapped another Monday when the Washington Redskins did the expected and released Clinton Portis.

Each and every year, the same lesson is hammered home about backs in this league: Run them to death and then discard them like an old pair of underwear.

Portis missed 19 games the past two seasons as injuries kept him off the field. But he's also 29 years old, which means 30 is coming.

That's a magic number for backs. Few of them can still play at a high level at that age.

Portis was scheduled to make $8.2 million this coming season. But don't think money was the main issue. If he could still run for 1,5000 yards, he gets it.

We know better.

Backs break down quickly. 

That's why teams run them to death and then send them into retirement.


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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:48 am

Portis: Another used-up back

Who knows how good or bad Portis is?  He has not only been banged up, he has played on a mediocre team, behind a mediocre line, and with mediocre QB's and passing games.  He's played for 11 different coaches at Washington in his career.  The fact is that the REDSKINS SUCK.  Portis has potential to make a contribution somewhere else -  he should look to find a winning organization to play with and finish his career with some legitimate organization.  Washington is a mess and always will be until Snyder dies, gets assasinated, or sells the team.  lets hope one of those three things happens VERY SOON.  

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 6:05 am

Portis: Another used-up back

Bah.  Some of you Prisco haters need to get off your high horse.  Maybe you don't believe that Portis is washed up.  Fine.  But the basic premise of Prisco's (not very insightful) article is certainly true.  Running backs have a short shelf life.  Teams get as much out of them as they can and move on to the next one.  That's why it's foolish to build your team around a running back.  By the time you've built the team around him, the poor dude is already half dead.

As for whether or not Portis is washed up at age 29, I haven't heard anyone make a better case FOR Portis than Prisco made AGAINST Portis.  But what is undeniable is that Portis has been frequently injured and largely unproductive for some time.

Someone can sign him an incentive laden contract and hope for the best.  But no one with common sense would do any more than that.

And unless you don't understand English, you know perfectly well that Prisco did not call Portis a used pair of underwear.  And, of course, you are an idiot if you think that Portis could sue Prisco over this.  Get real.


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2011 3:02 am

Portis: Another used-up back

These comments are a bit harsh coming from a guy who never played a down of organized football. Portis should sue Prisco Pete for calling him "a used pair of underwear. "But anyway, it's interesting how Portis is viewed. If he wasn't paid so much money no one at cbs sports would write that he is washed up. 

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2011 2:12 am

Portis: Another used-up back

Portis is still a servicable rb in the NFL and will get a shot somewhere. Maybe the saints or someone take a shot on him. Personally i'd love to see him in a lions uniform but i know that will not happen.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:22 am

Portis: Another used-up back

Was the author just dying to use the phrase "pair of underwear" in an article, like he took some kind of bet??  Lame. 

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:41 pm

Portis: Another used-up back

Yea Schildkrotte,

Football is a business untill a back like Chris Johnson who has outplayed his contract makes a business decision and holds out for a better contract.  Or a player like Darrele Revis holds out for a better contract.  Then fans start taking it personal.  Next time a player holds out and anyone on this board feels the need to start complaining about greedy players who should feel lucky to play in the NFL and whinning about their jobs/salary compared to NFL players take a page from the Godfather: "It's not personal, it's strictly business"

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:17 pm

Portis: Another used-up back

Everyone saw this coming. I mean the dude has been racking at least 300 carries every year when he was healthy with the Redskins. These kind of things wear down on you. The Chiefs actually had a good plan in playing two RBs. Charles gets his carry and still have good production. He'll get worn down less when he gets older, meaning a longer playing time for the man. I do hope Portis gets another chance somewhere. He is good, but his injuries have to be due to the inability to have a good workout regime rather than a defective Offensive line.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:16 pm

Portis: Another used-up back

Just another hypocritical article from Prisco. When players, especially running backs and receivers hold out for more money, Prisco and alot of people on these boards say, take it to camp or shut up and play, but as soon as ownership trades or cuts you, you're damaged goods. I'm a Portis fan and I didn't hear him cry when he was at the peak of his career in Denver and of all people, Mike Shanahan shipped him out to the Redskins. Here comes Shanahan again and look who gets shipped out. Portis is getting old, but I think he's still a serviceable RB and could run the ball in a decent system...say like Indy. He's just as good as anything ele they have and Indy has a decent  O-Line.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:48 pm

Portis: Another used-up back

I am a Portis fan, and I think he could sign for the minimum and help alot of teams. Similar to Tomlinson, I think he could actually start the season as a possible #1 back, and as the season wears him down, take a #2 or third-down role down the stretch. The way the NFL goes through RBs on nearly every team, Clinton would no doubt be a bonus. By week 10- 12, half of the teams are signing/starting backs off of the practice squad when play-off spots are still possible for some of them, so someone with experience and still 29, would be a no-brainer. I would hope if no one picks him up, the Skins would welcome back with a reduced salary and nice sign-on from Danny-boy.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:49 pm

Portis: Another used-up back

And yet you cared so much that you had to write a comment.

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