In today’s Washington Post, Rick Maese (with contributions from Post staff reporter Jason Reid) wrote an article which gives an insight into how new Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan will handle Clinton Portis this off-season. Although Shanahan doesn’t come right out and say it, he’s going to release Clinton Portis.

The first part of the article is spent with Maese setting up a complimentary statement from Shanahan on Jason Campbell, whom he states the Redskins intend to tender an offer.

I’ve got a big admiration for Jason and how he’s handled himself through some very tough situations with a beat-up offensive line and the way he’s handled himself as a quarterback.

Mike Shanahan realizes what some of the Nation’s Capital area fans don’t seem to understand.  Unlike those who think Campbell should’ve left with Jim Zorn (if not sooner), Shanahan understands that Campbell’s production last year is tied directly to factors outside of his control – the offensive line as well as the way he was being treated by the front office (who attempted numerous time to replace him as the starter with potential trades involving Matt Cassel, Jay Cutler and draft picks).

After addressing Campbell’s situation and talking about how the team would attempt to resign the QB who did well in the face of adversity in previous years, how did Shanahan address Clinton Portis, the runningback much rumored to be released soon?

Let’s not talk about Clinton.

Okay, so he didn’t want to talk about Portis.  His reasoning?

Let’s talk about everybody with the Washington Redskins.  Let’s not focus on one guy.

Avoidance much?

There’s a new regime in town, for sure.  Jim Zorn never had more than one minicamp during the offseason.  Shanahan has already planned to have 3.

I think it’s very important for them to understand that the team comes first.  … To work together and do the little things the right way, it’s a long process, the offseason program.  It’s not easy.  A lot of hard work involved.  I think it’s very important to show your teammates exactly how hard you work and how dedicated you are to the process.

No one’s working in Miami, Arizona or anywhere other than with the team this off-season when the “volunteer” organized team activies (OTA’s) are being held.  Those players won’t be on the team… or at least will have to work harder in training camp to earn a spot than they would’ve had they participated the way Shanahan perceives it.

Clinton Portis won’t really have to worry about the Redskins’ OTA’s, because the writing’s on the wall that he won’t be around.  Don’t be surprised, though.  Portis has been removed from an NFL team by Shanahan before.  Last time it was trading Clinton in favor of a 2nd round draft pick and Champ Bailey.  This time it will be a move to cut a huge salary without any ramifications on the salary cap.