Redskins officially release Portis
UPDATED at 2:26 p.m.
The Redskins officially released back Clinton Portis this afternoon in a cost-cutting move that has been expected since he went on injured reserve last November.
Portis, who ranks second on the franchise’s all-time rushing list, was scheduled to make a non-guaranteed base salary of $8.3 million next season. The team was not willing to pay that largely because he has missed 19 of the last 32 games due to injury.
“Clinton provided excitement from the very first time he touched the ball as a Redskin and we were lucky to witness every ounce of energy, effort and passion he has given ever since,” Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said in a statement released by the team. “We have been through a lot both on and off of the field and we would like to wish him and his family the very best. He will always be a Redskin and go down as one of the franchise’s all-time greats.”
Portis released a statement, as well:
“I would like to thank the organization,” Portis said. “Dan [Snyder] and Mike [Shanahan, the head coach] were honest, straight-up people with me. I always appreciated the opportunity from Dan to play here. Being a Redskin was a special part of my life. Coming and being in that organization, I turned from a kid having fun to a man carrying responsibilities. I tried to put the world on my shoulders for [former] Coach [Joe] Gibbs and the Redskins fans.”