Posted June 13, 2013

Broncos release Willis McGahee

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The Broncos released running back Willis McGahee on Thursday. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Broncos released running back Willis McGahee on Thursday. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos announced Thursday that the team has released running back Willis McGahee, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The two-time Pro Bowler, whose 33 100-yard games are more than any active NFL running back, signed a 4-year, $9.5 million deal with the Broncos in July 2011, with $3 million of it guaranteed. McGahee, who turns 32 in October, is coming off a torn medial collateral ligament injury and compression fracture in his right knee that caused him to miss the final two months of last season and was set to make $2.5 million next season.

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In a report from Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said in a statement Thursday morning that the decision to cut McGahee was not easy but he wishes him the best:

“It’s never easy to part ways with a veteran player who made so many positive contributions to our team and community. I appreciate all of the competitiveness, toughness and leadership Willis brought to the Broncos. He was an integral part of our team’s turnaround during the past two seasons, and I wish him the best as he continues his NFL career.”

The news of McGahee’s release comes days after he said during Denver’s mini-camp, “I plan on starting Sept. 5.”


4 comments
dbum
dbum

weird cut. seemed to have plenty left in the tank. thought his comeback would make their offense a lot more balanced than it was late last season. and they experienced first hand how quickly injuries can pile up, especially at the running back position. one teams trash is anothers treasure im sure.

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

I met Willis, nice guy. This is the new NFL, promises to spend rookie reduced contracts on veteran players and then collusion to not sign vet players to big contracts.  Willis is hoping to make a measly 2.5 mil, giving Peyton peace of mind in the backfield. This is how that meathead Elway (as a GM, not player) rewards his veterans.

GoDonkeys7
GoDonkeys7

Hate to see Willis go.

Knowshon should have been the first RB cut.