It sounds like the Skins are not sure what is going on at their running back spot. Clinton Portis is still on the team, but they also went out and got vets Willie Parker (Steelers) and Larry Johnson (Bengals) in free agency.
Now the Washington Post reports that the team has made a formal offer to former Eagles RB Brian Westbrook, who would come in and give even more competition to the starting job. It will be interesting to see if Westbrook inks, and if so, what role he would play in the teams offense.
Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan Wednesday called Clinton Portis the Redskins’ current starting running back, while Shanahan’s father — head coach Mike Shanahan — confirmed that the team has made a formal contract offer to yet another back: free agent Brian Westbrook. The two spoke separately after another round of organized team activities, but taken together, their remarks raised the prospect of the team starting training camp with four veteran running backs: Portis, Westbrook, Larry Johnson, who played for the Bengals last season, and former Pittsburgh Steeler Willie Parker. The team added Johnson and Parker during the offseason. “We want him to sign with us,” Mike Shanahan said of Westbrook. “Like I said, it could be some great competition. I really like Brian, what he’s done and how he’s handled himself. I’m sure he’s weighing some options. It’s not too far away from home. Any more I can do?”