Clinton Portis was finally released by the Redskins on February 28.
After a tough adjustment his first season with Washington when he was moving to a different style (power running) than he was used to with his previous team, the Denver Broncos, Portis had three very productive seasons with the Redskins.
Unfortunately, his last two seasons were greatly hindered by injuries. A concussion kept him out of eight games in 2009, and nagging groin issues only allowed him to play in five games in 2010.
Though Portis was an excellent asset for the Redskins a few years ago, he is clearly on his last legs in his NFL career. It seems nowadays the shelf life for most NFL running backs is about 10 years, and Portis is showing serious signs of wear and tear.
The Redskins will be better off in 2011 with a fresh crop of younger guys. The newly acquired Tim Hightower showed flashes of brilliance for the Arizona Cardinals, rushing for 10 touchdowns for the Super Bowl-bound 2008 team and starting 13 games in 2010.
With rookies Roy Helu, Jr. and Evan Royster, the Redskins now have a deep, albeit inexperienced selection at tailback.