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Redskins sign Willie Parker, add experience and competition at RB

Updated at 3:39 p.m.

Clinton Portis has been the Redskins' unchallenged starter since he arrived in town in 2004. That clearly won't be the case this year. The Redskins have added yet another veteran running back in free agent Willie Parker.

The former Pittsburgh running back has signed an incentive-laden one-year contract worth as much as $3.1 million. He'll now find himself in a three-way battle for carries with Portis and Larry Johnson, who also signed a free-agent deal last month.

Parker is a six-year veteran who topped 1,000 yards from 2005-07, twice reaching the Pro Bowl. He began last season as the Steelers' starting running back but lost his job to Rashard Mendenhall after suffering a case of turf toe. Parker visited the Redskins last month but didn't agree to a deal until Friday.

The Redskins won't be lacking in experience in the backfield. Parker is 29 years old, Portis 28 and Johnson 30.

While all three running backs will enter training camp, it'd be somewhat surprising if all three began the season on the 53-man roster. Coach Mike Shanahan has said repeatedly since joining the organization that he wants competition at every position. He's certainly created some in the backfield.

Redskins coaches clearly thought the running game was in need of improvement. They released Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright and Marcus Mason and opted against re-signing Quinton Ganther. They still have under contract Anthony Alridge and P.J. Hill, and apparently, they're still looking.

The National Football Post reports that the team will host California prospect Jahvid Best for a visit. Best is considered to be perhaps the quickest running back available in the draft. If Best did somehow end up in Washington, it'd reunite him with Redskins cornerback Kevin Barnes. The two are already YouTube heroes.

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  April 2, 2010; 3:29 PM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Free agency  
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Posted by: hockey023 | April 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Looks like we won't be drafting a RB in the earlier rounds.

Posted by: bones21 | April 2, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Say goodbye to Jahvid Best or any other promising RB in the early rounds. Bummer. Not sure what the master plan is at RB, but still confident in MS/BA.

Posted by: quinn3 | April 2, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Shanny boy knows how to run a team, portis feels the fire for sure.

Posted by: skinsinsider101 | April 2, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

i just heard dallas released flozell adams.He would be an upgrade over heyer

Posted by: delano3586 | April 2, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

On the previous post I asked the ? of Portis being cut, because I cant imagine all 3 of these guys being on the team. I like the Parker signing. Its one yr. incentive laden, very smart. The Skins can cut this guy for nothing and he is motivated to max out and seek a deal after that...

Posted by: Club320 | April 2, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

He will fit in perfectly with all the other Redskins running backs - completely washed up and grossly overpaid. Another gem the Redskins have found. I can't wait for Snyder to print a new Parker jersey so I can go out and buy it for $150.

Posted by: hockey023 | April 2, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

It's the Skins version of the
SteelWheel[chair]s tour!

...now if the O Line could just..

...gimme shelter...

...aaack.

...maps.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 2, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Okay, this is just confusing to me. Why would Willie Parker sign in this situation? He must be desperate. Plus, I bet this is going to really tick off Larry Johnson, and we all know that's not a good thing. Weird.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | April 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"While all three running backs will enter training camp, it'd be somewhat surprising if all three began the season on the 53-man roster."

If that is true, I've got to think that Portis would be the one let go. Johnson and Parker were hand-picked by Shanahan/Allen so I've got to think that they will be here when the season starts.

Posted by: HokiePaul | April 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Shanny boy knows how to run a team, portis feels the fire for sure.
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Maybe he'll try to smother it with bundles of Danny's cash.

Posted by: closer44 | April 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

3 headed RBBC. I like this move I think the product will be greater than the sum of the parts, and if one or even two goes down, you have quality starting caliber NFL backs to come in to keep it rolling.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Welcome Redskin WIllie Parker.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 2, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

NOT WORTH 1 MIL, LET ALONE 3 MIL. DUDE GOES DOWN WITH ANY ARM TACKLE. SOMETHINGS UP WITH SHANNY, HE IS GOING TO MAKE SOME KIND OF TRADE WITH A PACKAGE OF SOME PLAYERS BUT WHO. GO SKINS

Posted by: wheelerd | April 2, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Huh? Well, let's hope we get something in return for whoever gets left out of the final equation. I still don't see any of these guys as cause for celebration. Heck, why not just keep Betts?

Enough with the aging backs. Next thing you know we'll have Marcus Allen visiting.

Posted by: RIP-21 | April 2, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

snagm, from the previous, yeah, south of Boston, work in Norwell, MA.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 2, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

If that is true, I've got to think that Portis would be the one let go. Johnson and Parker were hand-picked by Shanahan/Allen so I've got to think that they will be here when the season starts.

Posted by: HokiePaul | April 2, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse
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CP has a really big chunk of guaranteed money coming. Plus, he's without a doubt the most productive of these three guys.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | April 2, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

i just heard dallas released flozell adams.He would be an upgrade over heyer

Posted by: delano3586 | April 2, 2010 3:39 PM


Have we not learned from Primetime and Suisham, ex cowboys dont work out here. Unless they decide to cut Demarcus Ware or Felix Jones, lets say to ex Cowboys.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | April 2, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"While all three running backs will enter training camp, it'd be somewhat surprising if all three began the season on the 53-man roster."


This makes no sense to me at all. In fact, I thinks its really f'ing stupid. I'll be shocked if all 3 are not on the roster.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 2, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

If this were 2005, I'd be creaming my freaking pants right now...

But since it ain't...

meh...

Posted by: RedDMV | April 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

In unrelated news:

Why won't League Source get off my nutz sack?

You'd think I did something to offend the resident know it all / jag off?

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

skins could go after best, but remember shanahan signed alridge when he was with the broncos. look for alridge to get a shot at being the change of pace back as well as a chance to be involved in the return game.

Posted by: zatoichi77 | April 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This is an odd move. They aren't going to trade Portis.. all three rb's aren't even candidates for special teams either.

Posted by: BacktoGlory | April 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

...And the Redskins continue to assemble the best backfield of 2005

Posted by: ryanem1 | April 2, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

HEY MR. PORTIS,HOW DOES IT FEEL?fEEL GOOD TO YOU BOY?ummmmmmmmm i LOVE IT!!!!!!THANKS COACH MS AND GM BA FOR THIS....NO MOREJUST SHOW UP AND IT'S YOURS TTHANKS!!!!!

Posted by: joe12341 | April 2, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

HEY MR. PORTIS,HOW DOES IT FEEL?fEEL GOOD TO YOU BOY?ummmmmmmmm i LOVE IT!!!!!!THANKS COACH MS AND GM BA FOR THIS....NO MOREJUST SHOW UP AND IT'S YOURS TTHANKS!!!!!

Posted by: joe12341 | April 2, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

HEY MR. PORTIS,HOW DOES IT FEEL?fEEL GOOD TO YOU BOY?ummmmmmmmm i LOVE IT!!!!!!THANKS COACH MS AND GM BA FOR THIS....NO MOREJUST SHOW UP AND IT'S YOURS TTHANKS!!!!!

Posted by: joe12341 | April 2, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Good pick-up. Doesn't break the bank, and it provides more competition at RB.

I have a feeling there is going to be real competition at every position on Shanahan's Redskins team, and that's the way it should be.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | April 2, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Say goodbye to Jahvid Best or any other promising RB in the early rounds. Bummer. Not sure what the master plan is at RB, but still confident in MS/BA.

Posted by: quinn3 | April 2, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It's simple; one of the three listed - Portis, Johnson, or Parker - is going to have a come back type year.

I like this move.

Posted by: Devo2 | April 2, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

CLINTON PORTIS RELEASED!!!!


APRIL FOOL'S ONE DAY LATE.... WOULDNT THAT JUST MAKE MY EASTER!!!

Posted by: BarackObama | April 2, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Competition at a critical position in an uncapped year and at $0 future salary cap cost. With the money we have, no reason not to...

Posted by: TheGreat8 | April 2, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

CP, LJ, FWP, Late round Rookie >>> CP, LB, QG, RC, MM.

By Far.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 2, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Larry Johnson, KAN, 336 carries, 1750 yards, 5.2 Ave., 20 TDs
Clinton Portis, WAS, 352 carries, 1516 yards, 4.3 Ave., 11 TDs,
Willie Parker, PIT, 255 carries, 1202 yards, 4.7 Ave., 4 TDs

Sigh. Too bad it's not 2005.

Posted by: closer44 | April 2, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Are the Skins planning on competing in the NFL in 2010 or 2005?

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | April 2, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Shanny always uses more than one running back. Not a big deal and a good signing.

Posted by: jdumb | April 2, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

One piece of advice for League Source:

Don't let your unnatural obsession with da blog keep you from attending to your more pressing needs:

Wipe your hiney, wash your hands, blow your nose, etc...

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

He will fit in perfectly with all the other Redskins running backs - completely washed up and grossly overpaid.


Um what the hell are you talking about. Portis is the only overpaid back on the roster now.
Johnson and Parker are making peanuts unless they hit their incentives. With three guys of somewhat equal age and talent, somebody's gonna have to play out of his mind to take the starting spot from CP and to make the real money in their deals.
And if CP slacks off you can bet Shanny will cut him because there wouldn't be much of a dropoff in production anyway.

Posted by: Predator48 | April 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

^^^Willie ain't fast anymore

Posted by: RedDMV | April 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Another fantasy football signing of a player who's never healthy and lost his job last season. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Other teams must look at the Redskins and just laugh at some of their moves....

Posted by: randysbailin | April 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BacktoGlory | April 2, 2010 3:45 PM


I the one thing this FO has shown us is that none of us knows what the hell they are going to do. You never know, Portis might be on the way to Cleveland for Rogers

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | April 2, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"Say goodbye to Jahvid Best or any other promising RB in the early rounds. Bummer." - quinn3

We have, what, 4 or 5 draft picks? We need an offensive lineman (or 2 or 3), a QB, an inside linebacker, a safety, maybe a defensive end, and now a running back? That's a few more needs than we have draft choices. RB's are a dime a dozen and don't last long, plus you can frequently find them in the later rounds or as undrafted FA's. I know it's tempting to draft a flashy running back, but let's save those draft picks for what we need and not what excites the fan base. Been doing the latter at the expense of the former WAY too long.

Posted by: Rational_Man | April 2, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

LOL its a veritable tard fest up here today. One year deal, no cap issues, and the guy has to play off the hook to really get paid.

THIS IS WHY SHANALLEN WAS BROUGHT TO DC.

The inn keepers have regained control of the asylum, yet many here simply fail to recognize what that looks like.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 2, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

randy, ur an idiot.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 2, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Willie "Not So Fast" Parker? Really?

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | April 2, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

One thought: Big Picture, this is just smart. No downside. If Vinny were still here, never happens. CP whines to Snyder to block it. And if they did sign Johnson and Parker under Vinny they would have gotten guaranteed 3 yr deals for $15 mill. I think this way of doing business in not overspending and creating competition reminds me of some other teams. Pittsburgh, New England...

Posted by: Club320 | April 2, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Larry Johnson, KAN, 336 carries, 1750 yards, 5.2 Ave., 20 TDs
Clinton Portis, WAS, 352 carries, 1516 yards, 4.3 Ave., 11 TDs,
Willie Parker, PIT, 255 carries, 1202 yards, 4.7 Ave., 4 TDs

Sigh. Too bad it's not 2005.

Posted by: closer44

Perfect

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 2, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

If this doesn't light a fire under Portis, nothing will. He's been walking around and talking like he's an old man already. Now, he'll have two successful older veterans on his heels just waiting for him to miss a step. Fire it up, Clinton. No time for games now.

Posted by: OintheSierras | April 2, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow, on the surface this makes no sense to me.

Three RBs - none of which can play special teams, e.g., return kicks, et cetera.

Those films of Portis spinning his wheels last year must have really thrown them.

Posted by: SteveMG | April 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

randy, ur an idiot.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1


Co-sign.


It's like people have been living under a fu_king rock for the last 10 years, or haven't been paying attention this offseason.

Damned if they do, damned if they don't.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 2, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

This is an odd move. They aren't going to trade Portis.. all three rb's aren't even candidates for special teams either.

Posted by: BacktoGlory

One of the 3 wash-ups will be cut this preseason. Book it.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | April 2, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what the master plan is at RB, but still confident in MS/BA.

Posted by: quinn3 | April 2, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse


If you're rebuilding, the RB should be the last piece you add. RB's have short windows of productivity and there's no need to waste it behind a bad line and non existant passing attack.

Posted by: Original_etrod | April 2, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

They can't have three RB's on the team, with not one playing on special teams , can they? One of these guys has to be cut, right? Maybe they draft a 4th RB who plays special teams, and one of these guys end up inactive on gameday. That should be fun times if either CP or LJ was a healthy scratch on gameday.

Posted by: TWISI | April 2, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Great pickups, Johnson and Parker. They do different things, give you more versatility, and both come cheap; basically no-risk signings. Kudos to the new management!

Posted by: keithward64 | April 2, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

They released Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright and Marcus Mason and opted against re-signing Quinton Ganther.

We've lost 4, we have only replaced 2!

Posted by: abxinc | April 2, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

beep along, little hamsters, beep along

Posted by: League-Source | April 2, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow, on the surface this makes no sense to me.

Three RBs - none of which can play special teams, e.g., return kicks, et cetera.

Posted by: SteveMG | April 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Anthony Alridge might get a shot as a return man.

Not too worried about finding someone to replace Rock on special teams.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | April 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Since free agency began on March 1, these are the guys the Skins have signed and their ages, as of Dec 1, 2010:

30 RB Willie Parker
30 CB Phillip Buchanon
34 P Josh Bidwell
30 QB Rex Grossman
31 RB Larry Johnson
30 TE Sean Ryan
31 DT Maake Kemoeatu
32 G Artis Hicks

Anyone else spot the trend?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

If this means the end of CP, than that is good....he is a lazy good for nothing bum.

Posted by: DCFanatic | April 2, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I swear some of you don't actually follow the NFL. Shanny stockpiles RBs like no other coach of the last 50 years. He squeezed production from a post-Giants Ron Dayne fer cryin' out loud. These RB moves make complete sense in context. Also none of them are salary disaster deals so who cares.

Oh and JR, they won't all be on the roster? Go read through the Broncos rosters from the MS's tenure...

Jeesh....

Posted by: chrislarry | April 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Football has such a short schedule that I think Shanahan's philosophy is: If you can get a vet cheap and they make 1 or 2 plays that help you win 1 or 2 games, it's worth it.

So with only 16 games, LJ and/or WP may make 1 or 2 plays that help us win 1 or 2 games that we wouldn't have won otherwise.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | April 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Another fantasy football signing of a player who's never healthy and lost his job last season. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Other teams must look at the Redskins and just laugh at some of their moves....

Posted by: randysbailin | April 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

No, if this was the "same ol' same ol'," we'd be paying Fast(?) Willie 5 mil a year guarranteed. We're paying him peanuts, so if he flops, we cut him. No biggie. And if LJ doesn't like it, we cut him, too. The haters aren't making any sense here.

Posted by: rbpalmer | April 2, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: abxinc | April 2, 2010 4:07 PM

That's some funny math. Rock doesn't count. He was a return man whose position was RB. Betts was CP's back up. He's been replaced by LJ/WP or maybe CP. Ganther and Mason were late season additions because CP was hurt. CP's back so CG/MM "services" are no longer needed.

That's 3 for 3. CP/LJ/WP for LB/CG/MM.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 2, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Betts probably made too much money and was damaged goods after knee injury. Parker's deal is incentive laden so probably won't cost the team much if they can him. Personally I hope that Shanny and Allen are working a deal to get rid of Portis and his neck choking contract. All our RBs have a lot of mileage. You can only hope that the combination of any 2 of the 3 will result in a decent running game.

Posted by: jfoster13 | April 2, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

He will fit in perfectly with all the other Redskins running backs - completely washed up and grossly overpaid.

Posted by: hockey023

He's getting veteran minimum plus incentives. How is this overpaid? Did you read the article all the way through?

Posted by: lordtwang | April 2, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Shanny wants a veteran rb, maybe two of them. So he takes three aging wonders and works them hard to see who's got anything left. Maybe it will reduce to just one of them.

This is what building a team is like, we just haven't seen it before.

Besides, I think we just need rb's to get through this season. If we pick up a speed back in a late round, that's fine, but Shanny has bigger fish to fry this season.

Posted by: lordtwang | April 2, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

i rather have a young verstiale back in this years draft go with LJ and Portis. we dont need three aging back
s but defiantly an upgrade of what we had last year and should give Campbell more relief knowing he wont have to do it all on his own

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | April 2, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

That's some funny math. Rock doesn't count. He was a return man whose position was RB. Betts was CP's back up. He's been replaced by LJ/WP or maybe CP. Ganther and Mason were late season additions because CP was hurt. CP's back so CG/MM "services" are no longer needed.

That's 3 for 3. CP/LJ/WP for LB/CG/MM.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 2, 2010 4:14 PM

From a different perspective, I'm of the opinion that LJ replaces Betts, and WP replaces Cartwright; hence we need replacement for QG and MM

Posted by: abxinc | April 2, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Since free agency began on March 1, these are the guys the Skins have signed and their ages, as of Dec 1, 2010:

30 RB Willie Parker
30 CB Phillip Buchanon
34 P Josh Bidwell
30 QB Rex Grossman
31 RB Larry Johnson
30 TE Sean Ryan
31 DT Maake Kemoeatu
32 G Artis Hicks

Anyone else spot the trend?

Posted by: zcezcest1
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uncapped year fool...now the dammmmm rules and why the signees would be older ....

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | April 2, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I like this signing the best. I don't think this guy is washed up. This points to the release of CP, and I think I speak for a lot of fans when I say good riddance. Not the LJ isn't a headache, too, but I'll take anything over CP's poor work ethic, cancerous attitude, and his two yards and fall for the 3rd every carry. I can't remember the last time that guy broke a f*%king tackle.

Posted by: cnoll | April 2, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

If I remember correctly, Johnson got a 3 year deal that is incentive laden. Parker got a one year incentive laden deal, and before either of those guys got signed Portis was guaranteed a ton of cash whether he was productive or not. Seems like Shanny and Allen are betting that at least one and maybe two of these guys are going to be motivated enough to have a very good year.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | April 2, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else spot the trend?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

uuuhhh.............They're all under 35?

Posted by: bones21 | April 2, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Redskins' backfield = Hot Tub Time Machine

Posted by: eanderson4 | April 2, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

About the age of free-agent signings by the Skins (around 30 yo)...isn't this a result of the end of the CBA? To be eligible for FA (without heavy draft pick compensation), you have to have played at least 6 years, whereas prior years were 4 years. So, minimum age would be 28/29. All but the punter are just a little older than that. It's what is available, not a sneaky plot to draft "has-beens." Is there something I'm missing?

Posted by: StevenGrossman | April 2, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Great move. I like the idea of having 3 vets like this. They all have 3 different styles in my opinion and all have something to prove since they have alot of doubters who say they are washed up. MS has one of the best if not the best track record coaching RB's so he knows what he is doing. He has some type of plan and being a loyal Redskins fan I am happy to see where that plan goes. Off this topic but I am really starting to like the idea of Clausen at 4. I think his cockiness and emotion would help this team out alot by bringing emotion out in other players. How long has it been since we have had a rah rah QB who shows emotion. I personally would love to see a QB pump his fist and run to the end zone to congratulate a teammate on a TD catch. I have always been a JC17 backer but if MS likes Clausen I have no complaints because I think MS is going to take care of our O-line problems one way or another.

Posted by: Nemo4 | April 2, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

what's the problem people. Lets see.

which would you rather have?

Betts or LJ?? LJ obviously
Cartwright/Mason/Ganther or Parker? Parker wins

So we have basically upgraded our RB depth. (How many of you believe Portis makes it a whole season with being injured at some point?)

Basically a good move and it didnt cost us much. Most fans dont know anything about football.

Posted by: digger76 | April 2, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Even if Fast Willie is getting old, and slower, he'll still be better than anybody else we got as RB...even with a bum turf-toe.
We'll keep two of 'em, cause the 3rd guy, whoever it may be, doesn't play special teams.

Posted by: scmonty1 | April 2, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why people have a problem with this. Low risk. Now the whole none of them play special teams doesn't matter. less wear and tear on the legs of these guys through out the season and do we not remember the Giants three headed attack. If used correctly can be very effective. Granted these are older guys but you got the same type of backs. The power in Johnson, the "speed" in Willie although not fast like he used to be still faster than the other two, and the combo in Portis. Come on guys relax Shanny knows what he's doing after all he has been pretty successful.

Posted by: SkinsRealist1 | April 2, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Since free agency began on March 1, these are the guys the Skins have signed and their ages, as of Dec 1, 2010:

30 RB Willie Parker
30 CB Phillip Buchanon
34 P Josh Bidwell
30 QB Rex Grossman
31 RB Larry Johnson
30 TE Sean Ryan
31 DT Maake Kemoeatu
32 G Artis Hicks

Anyone else spot the trend?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

can you name anyone under 28 that was a free agent?

Posted by: vtsquirm1 | April 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Another running back Wooo Hooo! DRAFT LINEMEN! PLEEEEEEEESE!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | April 2, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Neither LJ nor Fast Willie can pass block like CP, even with a concussion

Posted by: ElYeah | April 2, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Package Portis and Rogers for B. Marshall and a third round pick from Denver.

Posted by: ljhartnett24 | April 2, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Since free agency began on March 1, these are the guys the Skins have signed and their ages, as of Dec 1, 2010:

30 RB Willie Parker
30 CB Phillip Buchanon
34 P Josh Bidwell
30 QB Rex Grossman
31 RB Larry Johnson
30 TE Sean Ryan
31 DT Maake Kemoeatu
32 G Artis Hicks

Anyone else spot the trend?

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The problem is in an uncapped year you have to be in the league for 7 yrs rather than 5 to be an unrestricted FA. So if you figure most people are 22 when they graduate college ....+7years....

Posted by: mac2j | April 2, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I like the signing.

I believe Shanny will keep two of the three big named backs and draft or go after a street free agent to fill out Spl-teams.

Additionally. This signing lets Portis know, hes no longer the "Cock Of The Walk" around the park.

I'm hoping these recent moves, bring hungry players wanting to prove themselves.

Keep up the Good work Mike & Bruce !!!!!

Happy Easter to All !

Posted by: dashriprock | April 2, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

The Future is Now, baby.

Posted by: kls1 | April 2, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Say WHAT??!!!

Wow! Ok this one shocked me big time.

This will either explode or will be really cool.

HTTR

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | April 2, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I doubt it'll make much difference to CP26. He'll take his guaranteed money... and let the others carry the load. 2009 redux?

Posted by: Vic1 | April 2, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Good! Incentives! I like it! If you do good, you get lots of dough. If you dog it, you get feathers! I love this! Portis is a punk, a lazy money-sponge and needs to go. Something tells me Portis and his act have gone stale.

Bye-Bye Smelly!

Posted by: JamesChristian | April 2, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Good! Incentives! I like it! If you do good, you get lots of dough. If you dog it, you get feathers! I love this! Portis is a punk, a lazy money-sponge and needs to go. Something tells me Portis and his act have gone stale.

Bye-Bye Smelly!

Posted by: JamesChristian | April 2, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Can we just let this play out? Johnson and Parker got 1 year deals. You dont rebuild the whole team in one year. None of you morons are ever happy. With the mess Vinny left you dont have much to work with. Give them a chance.

Posted by: toyota44 | April 2, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Portis is lazy? Have you seen the man block? Shanny is creating a stable of backs and that's what he was great at in Denver. His system is good enough that the individual backs don't matter, that's why he let Portis go in the first place. He'll get some young guys in there soon enough, he's obviously trying to patch things up for next season but he has a long term plan as well.

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | April 2, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Okay, this is just confusing to me. Why would Willie Parker sign in this situation? He must be desperate. Plus, I bet this is going to really tick off Larry Johnson, and we all know that's not a good thing. Weird.

Posted by: skinsfan713
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Now here is an honest Skins fan!
Is Parker very much damaged goods?
Did he get no better offer than ours?
The LJ comment is humorous, yet may turn out to be much more prophetic than we currently realize.
Good Post!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | April 2, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

First of all Parker sucks he had one and a half good years and is washed up. I was fine with Portis and LJ but now we have three older RB's that are all gonna cry if they dont get carries. This draft is stacked with RB's and i dont know why the RB guru couldnt find one late in the draft. Now it looks like Shanny is gonna trade Portis again which is the best option now for more picks. so he might still use the draft for a speedy back. (Dexter MCluster). Either way Portis is miles in front of Parker as far as talent goes. One other thing I see alot of you thinking Grossman is gonna start for a year or show a new QB the ropes of this offense but do you really think Rex knows this offense?? He has thrown more pics than TD's in this offense too, just like every other offense he's been in. Rex is by far the worst QB i have ever seen make it to the pros.(Worse than Leaf) Only reason he got to the SB was bc of the defense and Orton came in and won a few games for them. If we wouldnt have picked up Rex, then last year would have been his last. JC17 is so much better at making smart throws than Rex and JC17 is not that great as we all know but he is still way above Rex. JC17 may be a mouth breather but i hope Grossman just stops breathing. Tah Tah

Posted by: 4skin | April 2, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Since free agency began on March 1, these are the guys the Skins have signed and their ages, as of Dec 1, 2010:

30 RB Willie Parker
30 CB Phillip Buchanon
34 P Josh Bidwell
30 QB Rex Grossman
31 RB Larry Johnson
30 TE Sean Ryan
31 DT Maake Kemoeatu
32 G Artis Hicks

Anyone else spot the trend?

Seriously man know you football before you post this crap that has J. Reid written all over it. Almost all the unresticted free agents are gonna be 30 or over.

Posted by: 4skin | April 2, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Where is the downside with these 2010 off season acquisitions? None of them add up to the salary of ONE VINNIE typical acquisition and if ANY OF THEM pan out, we get more than what we used to.

Shanahan has always had great running games and by damned it looks like he'll do it here too. So nice that Shanny hasn't "threatened" CP - he has given him a very big message - "get your ass in gear or there are others who will do the ass kicking for me".

Posted by: laserwizard | April 2, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

During his off year one of the places Shanny spent some time was New England. It may be he wants to adopt the policy of having a stable of running backs. Plus, NE has had a lot of success signing 30ish RBs. There's a chance Shanny keeps CP, LJ, and WP and plays them all. Whatever choice he makes for QB, shanny wants to run the ball.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 2, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

"Have we not learned from Primetime and Suisham, ex cowboys dont work out here. Unless they decide to cut Demarcus Ware or Felix Jones, lets say to ex Cowboys.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | April 2, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse"
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And Calvin Hill, Alvin Harper, James Washington, Norv Turner, Scott Galbreath - all that came here, got paid - and lost.

Who will be signed next?
John Riggins, Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith or Thurmon Thomas?

And no matter which RB is here, the O line is not exactly the 1980's Hoggs or 1990's Dallas lines. So I'm sure they'll combine for 500 yards in 16 games, but only play 4 games each due to being like 49 yrs old and hurt due to a poor O line.

Posted by: kedavis | April 2, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I keep reading about Shanahan's great running game in Colorado. Hear-ye, hear-ye, HE FAILED TO WIN AFTER ELWAY LEFT, but ELWAY MADE THREE SUPER BOWLS be4 HE CAME. Thus, Elway was waaaaay more successful be Coach got there (while playing with who?) than Coach was (1 playoff win I think - maybe 0) after John. Great running game? He had average teams with 1,000 rushers after Elway even a young fast Portis. So get off the rushing stats in Denver and look at (1) With Elway (2) After Elway = Not pretty

Posted by: kedavis | April 2, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Great. Now we have THREE slow, plodding RB's on the team instead of TWO.

And, btw, Elway and Shanahan could not have won those two Super Bowls without one Terrell DAvis, the true MVP on those SB teams.

Posted by: dc1020008 | April 3, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

"30 RB Willie Parker
30 CB Phillip Buchanon
34 P Josh Bidwell
30 QB Rex Grossman
31 RB Larry Johnson
30 TE Sean Ryan
31 DT Maake Kemoeatu
32 G Artis Hicks
Anyone else spot the trend?
Posted by: zcezcest1"

They're all under 40?

Posted by: Samson151 | April 3, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

"

I keep reading about Shanahan's great running game in Colorado. Hear-ye, hear-ye, HE FAILED TO WIN AFTER ELWAY LEFT, but ELWAY MADE THREE SUPER BOWLS be4 HE CAME. Thus, Elway was waaaaay more successful be Coach got there (while playing with who?) than Coach was (1 playoff win I think - maybe 0) after John. Great running game? He had average teams with 1,000 rushers after Elway even a young fast Portis. So get off the rushing stats in Denver and look at (1) With Elway (2) After Elway = Not pretty Posted by: kedavis"

What's your point? Elway was great midway through his career, then struggled in the Super Bowl. In his first Super victory, he was an underwhelming 11 for 22 with no TDs. Wasn't til the last Super Bowl that he put on a really strong performance.

You could say that Elway was the key to Denver's offensive success before Shanahan got there as Head Coach, but afterwards? Not really. It was the running attack.

I was surprised the Skins signed that third RB, but it might just be that they're doing what they promised: ensuring competition for every position.

The market for Willie Parker must be pretty dismal for him to take that offer.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 3, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Redskins need to change their name to the Washington Geezers. Why are they wasting their time drafting players past their prime? They need to invest in young talent. So they can be groomed and molded into the player you want them to be. These old heads are set in their ways and ready for AARP memebership.

Posted by: BlkPwr | April 5, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

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