"Southeast Jerome" is officially gone for good. As well as "Dolla Bill" and "Sheriff Gonna Getcha."
Clinton Portis was released by the Washington Redskins on Monday, ending a charismatic and sometimes contentious seven-year stay that, for a while at least, made him the face of the franchise.
Injuries and money led to coach Mike Shanahan’s decision. Portis had played in only 13 games over the past two seasons because of a severe concussion in 2009 and a torn groin muscle in 2010.
Portis was scheduled to make $8.3 million next season, and Shanahan made it clear at the NFL combine that the Redskins wouldn’t keep the 29-year-old running back at that price.
“We’re going to let him test the market,” Shanahan said, “and see what’s out there for him.”
Portis told 106.7-FM The Fan that he was given a chance to restructure his contract, but he said it would be “hard to accept not being the go-guy.”
“It was kind of a mutual decision,” Portis said. “They could have sat and held on and played around. They gave me an opportunity to further my career and go somewhere where I can help.”
Portis is 77 yards of 10,000 career rushing yards and leaves Washington 648 shy of one of his oft-stated goals – Hall of Famer John Riggins’ franchise record.
HAWKS SIGN COX
The Seattle Seahawks re-signed reserve cornerback Kennard Cox for the 2011 season.
The Seahawks announced the signing Monday, bringing back one of their top special teams players. Cox appeared in 11 games last season for the Seahawks. He finished with seven total tackles on defense and another three on special teams.
Cox also blocked Seattle’s first punt in seven seasons. It was recovered for a touchdown against Kansas City.
BEARS CUT HARRIS
The Chicago Bears released veteran defensive tackle Tommie Harris, cutting loose a three-time Pro Bowl pick who had struggled in recent years because of injuries.
The Bears also released linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer and offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer.
A Pro Bowl pick from 2005 to 2007, Harris was limited by knee and hamstring problems the past few years and never regained his old disruptive form. He had signed a four-year, $40 million extension in June 2008 and was locked in through 2012, but the Bears decided to cut him after several ineffective seasons.
A Dallas judge has given fans who found they had no seats at the Super Bowl more time to consider the NFL’s offers of compensation. U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn ruled the NFL should provide a “limited” time extension for displaced fans to consider their options and receive additional information. The ruling came after a hearing in a class action lawsuit stemming from the seating fiasco at Cowboys Stadium. Temporary seats were deemed unsafe on game day, requiring 400 fans to stand throughout the stadium. Attorney Michael Avenatti said the fans now have 60 days to evaluate their choices. Lynn also ruled that she has seen no evidence of improper or coercive activity by the NFL in dealing with the ticket holders who didn’t have seats. The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed quarterback Luke McCown to a one-year contract, giving the team an experienced backup to David Garrard. McCown was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.