As recently as 2008, Clinton Portis was pretty awesome. Just last October he was the Redskins’ starting running back. Now, one year later and seemingly as healthy as a 30-year-old with 2,230 career carries can be, he’s probably finished. The timeline:
Feb. 28, 2011 — The Redskins release Portis.
Aug. 19, 2011 — Portis works out with the Patriots.
Aug. 23, 2011 — Portis works out with the Dolphins.
Aug. 31, 2011 — Portis works out with the Seahawks.
Sept. 1, 2011 — Portis turns 30.
Sept. 20, 2011 — Portis works out with the Titans.
Sept. 27, 2011 — The Bengals give Portis a physical.
It’s been five weeks of Internet silence since then. The season is halfway over. If 26 was going to get a job, he probably would’ve gotten one by now.
In hindsight, that makes perfect sense. He’s washed up, and he’s been washed up for almost three years. But I didn’t totally realize that.
This is a personal problem I’m aware of. I pay such close attention to my teams that I don’t know what’s happening in the leagues all around them.
If you’d asked one year ago if Portis should still be a starter in the NFL, I would’ve said, “No, but he’s still got something left. I bet he could be a second back on a good team, like LaDainian Tomlinson with the Jets.”
The truth is, though, that Portis isn’t Tomlinson. Hell, he isn’t Tashard Choice, apparently. What he is is long gone. And the saddest part may be that the Skins aren’t even much better off without him.