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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Portis will be the highest Paid RB

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Ben

posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 03:13 PM
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In a deal that clears the way for his trade to the Washington Redskins later this week, Denver Broncos tailback Clinton Portis reached agreement Monday on a contract that makes him the highest-paid running back in league history. Portis will sign an eight-year deal that is worth $50.5 million and includes $17 million in combined signing and option bonuses.
 

The agreement is a blockbuster not only in terms of the millions of dollars negotiated by agents Drew Rosenhaus and Jason Rosenhaus, but also because the Redskins were not under any pressure to reach a new deal with Portis. The lack of negotiating leverage on the part of Portis, who had said over the weekend that he would not hold out of training camp even if he did not get a new contract, certainly adds to the achievement of netting such a deal.

The contract has not yet been signed, but there are no additional hurdles to clear. The deal will become official later this week, as will Portis' trade to the Redskins for Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey and a second-round draft choice.

Portis, 22, still had two seasons remaining on the original four-year contract he signed with the Broncos as a second-round choice in the 2002 draft. That contract paid him a signing bonus of $1.29 million but only minimum base salaries for all four seasons. He was scheduled to earn only $380,000 in 2004 and $455,000 in 2005.

Denver officials had steadfastly balked at renegotiating the contract, part of the reason for the trade. The Broncos did, at one point in the discussions, offer to insure the 2004 portion of the contract.

Technically, because Portis was under contract, the Redskins could have completed the trade without consummating a new deal for the former University of Miami star. In fact, in recent days, team officials had publicly assumed that stance, insisting they were prepared to move ahead with the trade and handle Portis' contract situation later.




posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 04:02 PM
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This makes absolutely no sense. Money just being thrown around, Hello, there's a salery cap in this league. Also Washington needs a LOT of help in most positions. Why allocate so much money to one player, inked by another team?



posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 04:07 PM
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Portis is a great RB and i mean great he turned around the Denver team jsut because of his abillity to make the big plays that win games. He can bust out 200 or 300 yards each game. And he proved that numerous times last season.


TRD

posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 04:09 PM
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Portis will be great for us,but as alreadly said the Skins are weak in other positions and have released a few to get under the cap for when Portis arrives.



posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 04:10 PM
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Freak, sorry to diagree with you, but Portis could probably bust out once or twice a season for 200 yards, not 300. He may be one of the top 5 in the league, but not for this money.



posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 04:10 PM
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The skins are going to have a great o line and a team revloves around defense and the RUnning game and now that they have the running game and new Qb they can focus on newer things, dont forget about the draft.



posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 04:21 PM
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There are few players that can immediately jump from college to the pros. Be prepared to wait a few seasons.


Ben

posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 04:22 PM
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There are a couple of corners and safteies in the draft that can make an impact right away. Those postions are very easy to adjust you just need speed and sense of direction.



posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 04:29 PM
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And those players are covetted by every team. Even teams strong at DB wouldn't mind adding youth.


Ben

posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 04:34 PM
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What parts of the Skins do they need the most work on



posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 04:48 PM
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I would start with the coaching staff. They need an established coach, strong and motavating, like Mike Tice. Then the running game. You could get Hearst for a fraction of the price of Portis, then drafft a back, you have a couple of years to train him. One more linebacker wouldn't hurt.


Ben

posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 07:00 PM
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If you member true that got Gibbs in the offseason a great coach who will teach this team discpline something teh Skins need badly. They have portis who is a great back and then they have established teh rushing game now they have a suprime offense with Coles at WR portis at RD and Burnell at QB



posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 08:38 PM
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what have the skins done to improve their offensive line? as i remember last year their qb's were getting chased around all the time, even the best running back needs a hole to go through, and why would denver trade their one bright spot from last year when they had him at the nfl minimun salary?


Ben

posted on Mar, 1 2004 @ 08:41 PM
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They havent done much but its not about signing big names at the offensive front. Portis will take the pressure off the passing game and open up the passing game. Look at last year the defense knew the pass was coming and was able to blitz al the time and now this year they wont know because of portis. Plus GIbbs is know for making a o-line the best. Just look at waht the tuna did.



posted on Mar, 2 2004 @ 10:04 AM
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They cant amke this offical until wes thats when the FA signing period starts. And portis as an addition witll be great no doubt about that.



posted on Mar, 2 2004 @ 11:19 AM
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My mistake. I forgot that they signed Gibbs. Excelent move. I still think that they should add a 3rd lb after Trotter and Arington, then run the 3-4. In that division you need speed at lb from side to side to take the onus off the db's. Remember you are giving up Bailey.


Ben

posted on Mar, 2 2004 @ 03:37 PM
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yea they are and they have the draft and FA, any good CB in the FA, the jets just released Mo Lewis so the Skins could sign him.


Ben

posted on Mar, 5 2004 @ 09:50 AM
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The trade went through and both players Portis and Bailey are thrilled with the trade.


TRD

posted on Mar, 5 2004 @ 11:54 AM
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I think Portis will be really good for us and the way things are going i expect a real good season this time around!



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