Posted Tue Jul 26th by Jon Heath
The Baltimore Ravens informed running back Willis McGahee on Monday that he would not be retained by the team, freeing him to sign elsewhere. Insert the Denver Broncos.
Denver has been looking for a bigger power back to compliment running back Knowshon Moreno and Willis fits the bill. Free agent tail back DeAngelo Williams is another option, but he would probably come at a higher price tag and Carolina may re-sign him.
The Dallas Cowboys have also just cut running back Marion Barber III, another larger back with an aggressive style. There hasn’t been any word yet on if Denver will pursue Barber, but he is certainly another option for the team.
McGahee was going to make $6 million this season in Baltimore before being cut. He’d have to take a pay cut in order to return to Baltimore, and will probably end up taking one no matter where he signs. According to a source, Willis and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, view Denver as a team where he could become a starter again.
Last season, McGahee was the Ravens compliment to youngster Ray Rice, as well as the team’s short yardage man. At 29 years old, McGahee doesn’t have many more productive years to offer, but is a good short term solution power back for Denver.
McGahee scored 12 rushing touchdowns in 2009, followed by 5 in 2010. Off 100 carries, McGahee rushed for 380 yards while adding 55 more receiving yards off 14 catches last season. One of his best seasons came in 2007 — his first year as a Raven — when he rushed 294 times for 1,207 yards and 7 touchdowns.
What do you think, Broncos Country? Would you like to see Willis in Orange and Blue this season?