Clinton Portis Wants To Return To Washington Redskins Next Season, Is Willing To Take Pay Cut

Despite having season-ending surgery on his groin, Clinton Portis said he hopes his Washington Redskins tenure isn't over.

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Clinton Portis Is Open To Restructuring His Contract To Stay With Washington Redskins

Clinton Portis, in front of a group of reporters at Redskins Park today, said that he wants to remain with the Washington Redskins next year instead of retiring. He said the surgery on his injured groin wasn't too serious and that he feels he has some football left in him.

But the big issue remains Portis' contract. Portis has a base salary of $8.3 million, which is entirely too much to even an elite running back. It would be a major upset if the Redskins sunk that much money into Portis next season when his best days are clearly behind him.

Therefore, if Portis wants to return, he'll likely have to take a sizable pay cut. Luckily for the Redskins, it appears Portis would be willing to do that. TBD's Mike Jones asked Portis that question privately, and here's what Portis had to say.

"Man, I'm not worried about that. Whatever they feel like they have to do, it'll work itself out."

It remains to be seen just how much of a pay cut Portis would accept, but that's certainly a sign that he's willing to work something out with the team to make the cap hit more manageable. 

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After Groin Injury, Clinton Portis Wants To Return To Washington Redskins Next Season

You're probably thinking "Of course, why would Clinton Portis want to leave the Redskins next year when he could make a huge salary next year!" And you'd be right. But this is also Clinton Portis, who isn't afraid to speak his mind. He's not going to convey the typical athlete-speak we often see today.

So when he says he wants to come back with the Redskins next year, it's because ... he genuinely believes he still belongs on the Redskins. Today at Redskins Park, Portis said his recent groin surgery "fixed" things, was "minor" and is something that he will overcome. Via Ryan O'Halloran of Comcast SportsNet:

"Of course I want to come back and play," he said. "The previous two seasons, just losing the lust for the game and not really knowing what I wanted to do compared to finally putting the work in this off-season, getting back, having a system that you believe in, getting the right teammates around, seeing the right guys fight for the right purpose - all of a sudden, you miss it again.

"This is a good thing going. I think the coaching staff and organization are heading in the right direction. It's going to happen soon. When you get a couple pieces in place, it's going to be the Redskins' year. Why not be a part of that?"    

Now, if you're a skeptic, you'll sneer that Portis should have realized he needed to keep his body in better condition sooner. Again, you'd be right. But still, it's striking to see just how badly Portis wants his Redskins career to continue. He later admitted that he was ready to retire two years ago, but now doesn't want to "leave on this note."

Portis has a base salary of $8.3 million next year, but that is non-guaranteed. If he returns, he will likely have to accept a massive pay cut. He remains 648 yards behind John Riggins on the all-time Redskins rushing yards list, so maybe that's a motivation for him wanting to return.

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Season Over For Clinton Portis As Redskins Place Running Back On Injured Reserve

Clinton Portis said he was feeling okay one day after being forced to leave the game against the Tennessee Titans with a groin injury. As it turns out, though, he isn't okay. According to a report by Jason Reid of the Washington Post, the Redskins have placed Portis on injured reserve. ending his season. 

In his press conference today, coach Mike Shanahan said Portis tore a lower abdominal muscle, a different injury than the groin injury he suffered earlier in the year.

Shanahan said Portis tore a lower abdimen muscle and will need surgery and will be couple months before he is back for action.    

This obviously calls Portis' future in Washington into question. The injury will require a couple months of recovery time, and for his part, Shanahan said he expects Portis to come back. Via TBD's Mike Jones:

"I don't think there's any question about it. He's got such a strong will," the coach said. "It all depends on does he come back 100 percent? Does he want to come back and play? He's got that inner drive that most people don't have and he wants to compete, but obviously, he's got to get well." 

Shanahan also defended his decision to let Portis play against Tennessee, saying that Portis wanted to play against Philadelphia the week before, but Shanahan held him out. 

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