Clinton Portis blames media for perception his career dwindling

Clinton Portis turns 30 on Sept. 1 and he hopes to have a new team well before then.

He’ll be hitting the free-agent market and he’s optimistic he’ll have a chance to become the featured back for some team even if his career has seemingly stalled with the Washington Redskins after a groin injury in 2009 and a concussion in 2010 cost him time and production on the field.

Part of the issue is a matter of perception to Portis, who in an interview on ESPN 980 in Washington blamed media.

Once you become the problem of an organization where in my eyes I kind of consider myself the mainstay,” Portis said, according to sportsradiointerviews.com. “If you look my time I was in Washington, you take away the three years I was hurt, all were 1,300 or better yard seasons. So every time I got hurt two consecutive years, I was the problem, I was keeping us from moving on. So I just think it became a bittersweet moment in D.C.

“And the fans due to the media portraying me as the problem and as the bad guy when I think I gave my heart to a city and to an organization. I think I did everything I was asked, but in some peoples’ eyes it’s not enough.”

Portis says that his body feels right now and when asked where he’d like to play he rattled off a list of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

“You’re saying I turned 30, but I had a slate of two years where I really haven’t done anything,” Portis said. “So right now, I feel good and feel better at this point than I have in a long time, just feeling like I’m completely healthy, just feeling like things are totally healed. And now that I know what I need to do and what I need to get accomplished, I’m fine with that.”

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