League and team sources confirm a Washington Post report about a heated exchange between Redskins FB Mike Sellers and RB Clinton Portis on Monday.
According to sources, Portis called up to offensive coordinator Sherman Smith in the FedEx Field coaching box during Sunday’s victory over the Buccaneers, asking to have TE Todd Yoder as his lead blocker instead of Sellers, a Pro Bowler who has opened holes for the running back since he came to Washington in 2004.
Sellers found out about Portis’ actions Monday and sought him out. According to sources, Sellers seemed intent on getting at Portis but was restrained by teammates.
Portis has long been a polarizing figure in the locker room, according to sources, because of his close relationship with team owner Daniel Snyder (the running back has received reworked contracts almost annually as a Redskin), questionable practice habits and tendency to make outlandish statements, which sometimes rub teammates and coaches the wrong way.
Portis’ average salary of $9 million per season is tops among all NFL running backs, and most of his $7.2 million salary for 2010 is guaranteed.
Also, the Redskins worked out free-agent RB Keon Lattimore today, according to a league source, just days after looking at Chris Henry. The team already is carrying five running backs and one fullback on its 53-man roster — highly unusual in itself.
Lattimore played at Maryland and is the younger brother of Ravens star LB Ray Lewis. Lattimore has spent time with the Cowboys and Jaguars but primarily just in training camp and the offseason, save for a stint on Jacksonville’s practice squad.