Sunday, February 27, 2011

Thank You CP

(Clinton Portis is ready to move on. Photo: FedExAl)
At times you learn some interesting things at The Combine that has nothing to do with draft prospects in shorts running the 40 yard dash. That happened recently as Mike Shanahan confirmed what many Redskin fans have suspected. Clinton Portis will be released from the Washington Redskins.

CP knows the deal. He's reaching 30; usually signaling the beginning of the end for an NFL running back. He's been injury prone the last few seasons (only playing in 13 games in the past two seasons). He's also due about $8 million in 2011. It's a business and paying an older RB that much money doesn't work in an age of the salary cap.
(CP during his early days with the Skins*)
Clinton Portis has been one of the more polarizing players on the Redskins over the years. Some fans can't stand him others love him. While I don't agree with every comment CP has made over the years, I would consider myself a big fan. CP was nice enough to answer a question of mine during a a chat on ExtremeSkins years ago and when I left a comment on his website, he (or somebody representing him) sent me an email back. I also remember from training camp (2004) and during a Ravens/Redskins scrimmage (2006) CP spent a great deal of time signing autographs for the fans. That's stuff that a big named star didn't have to do but did it because he wanted to do it.

There will always be a debate on Portis and whether the Redskins made the right move to trade Champ Bailey and a 2nd round pick for him, but the trade was made and here's what CP did for the Skins (from 2004-2010).

 1,667 carries for 6,824 yards, 56 TDs (rushing); 176 receptions for 1,340 yards, 3 TDs and 3/6 for 47yds and 3 TDs passing.

One thing that fans can agree is that Portis always played hard whether it was running, blocking downfield or in pass protection or even making a tackle on a turnover. Portis may be back after testing the market. He still is one of the better blocking RBs in the league and if he can't find a home with the Skins, he'll find a home with another team. That said, if he isn't back, I wanted to say thanks.

- Thanks for all of the hard work.
- Thanks for the quotable moments to look forward to on Tuesdays and Thursdays (Portis' appearances with the media).
- Thanks for South East Jerome and your posse of characters that brought the team together in 2005. (notables: Ryan Clark as Pied Piper Piccalo and Chris Cooley as Johnny Whiteguy)
(Have you seen me? One of the side stories from 2005.)
 -Thanks for being there when we all lost Sean Taylor.
-Thanks for being part of two Skins teams that reached the playoffs.
-Thanks for some amazing plays over the years.

Thank You CP. We will miss you.
* unknown credit, not sure where I found these pics. All You Tube videos were not created by me.

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