Injured Redskins running back Clinton Portis proclaimed his Tuesday surgery on abdominal and groin damage a success and wants to return to the team next year.
“They fixed it all,” he said. “It was a minor tune-up. I feel like everything should be fine and shouldn’t have any setbacks.”
Portis reiterated his desire to return for an eighth season with the team. He has three years remaining on his contract with non-guaranteed base salaries of $8.3 million and two years at $8.5 million. In each year, he has a $500,000 bonus if he’s on the roster Aug. 31.
The Redskins would likely ask Portis to take a pay cut because of his injury history (season-ending injuries in three of the last five seasons) and because even he admitted he doesn’t expect to enter any training camp as a starter.
“Of course I want to come back and play,” he said. “The previous two seasons, just losing the lust for the game and not really knowing what I wanted to do compared to finally putting the work in this off-season, getting back, having a system that you believe in, getting the right teammates around, seeing the right guys fight for the right purpose – all of a sudden, you miss it again.