The Washington Redskins are expected to release running back Clinton Portis, and the Baltimore Ravens are also expected to release Willis McGahee, both veterans that could help the Saints get more production on the ground in a multi-back system.
Portis injured his groin last season and was a non-factor for the Redskins. His injury also cleared the way for a favorite of head coach Mike Shanahan, Ryan Torain, to interview for and secure what is likely to be the starting position for Washington next year.
Essentially Portis took the season off and will be completely healed from the groin injury before the start of the 2010-2011 season. He runs the screen well, which is a staple in Sean Payton‘s offense, and has plenty left in the tank to still be productive.
McGahee has seen his role decrease with the Ravens since they drafted the versatile Ray Rice a few seasons ago, essentially demoting him to backup and exclusive short yardage back, where he has totaled twenty touchdowns over the last two seasons.
The Saints could use a powerful runner and goal line back to mirror young rookie Chris Ivory, who has similar running style, as well as coach Ivory on how to maintain a healthy body and stay relatively injury free.
Baltimore’s decision to release McGahee was not taken lightly but as is the case so often in the NFL the move was the best interest of the team considering he is scheduled to make six million dollars as a backup.
The Ravens would like to re-sign McGahee at a reduced salary but if a team were to come along and throw a little more money his way than it’s nearly assured he would not return to Baltimore.