Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis will work out for the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday. Reports are mixed on whether or not the team has any real interest in the veteran back, but fantasy owners desperate for an extra option may be considering picking up the free agent. If you're included in that group, you should probably look elsewhere.
Even if Portis is signed by the Titans, he carries little or no actual fantasy value. The fact that he has worked out for the Patriots, Dolphins and Seahawks since mid-August and remains a free agent should tell you all you need to know about how far the former Pro Bowler's skills have deteriorated.
Portis was released by the Redskins in March after back-to-back injury-plagued seasons. In 2009 he played in just eight games, rushing 124 times for 494 yards and one touchdown. Then in 2010 he played in only five games, rushed just 54 times and finished with 227 yards and two touchdowns.
Those two disappointing seasons mask what was a productive stint in Washington. From 2004-08 Portis rushed for 6,103 yards and 43 touchdowns. That per-year average of 1,221 yards includes an injury-shortened eight-game season in 2006.
While he was once a very good running back and probably one of the best in the league, Portis is well past his prime. He's only 30 years old, but multiple injuries and a career total of 2,230 carries has worn him down.
Even if you think the Titans will sign Portis, don't jump out and snag him. As RotoWorld's analysts indicated on Monday, he's probably no more than blitz protection at this point in his career.