Earlier Monday, Clinton Portis hinted that the Washington Redskins would soon release him. Now, it has become official. The team has sent out a press release indicating that it has released Portis, ending his seven-year career with the team.
"I would like to thank the organization," Portis said in the release. "Dan [Snyder] and Mike [Shanahan] 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 Coach Gibbs and the Redskins fans."
Portis would have made $8.3 million this season had his contract not been restructured. He said on "The Mike Wise Show" on 106.7 The Fan that he did not want to restructure his contract and instead mutually agreed to part ways with the team.
Portis ends his seven-year career as the Redskins' second-leading rusher of all time. However, he also had his ups and downs, clashing with management, players and coaches while often struggling to remain in perfect football condition.