It is hard to watch these successful NFL playoff teams perform this past weekend and not think about what is wrong with the Washington Redskins.
One particular thought came to mind — they have way too much money invested in running back Clinton Portis. The team agreed to guarantee much of Portis’ remaining contract — about $15 million worth — and gave him a $9 million signing bonus in the off season when his contract was restructed. And he is a very good running back and had a great year. But when you have smart talent evaluators running your team, there is no reason why you can’t find running backs elsewhere.
Look at the San Diego Chargers, who defeated the Indianapolis Colts 23-17 in overtime. Backup running back Darren Sproles rushes for 105 yards, catches five passes for 45 yards, runs back four kickoffs for 106 yards and three punts for 72 yards. This is a fourth round pick out of Kansas State in the 2005 draft.
Running backs are more easily had than great offensive tackles or defensive pash rushers. Those are the players who should be getting paid.
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