Did the Denver Broncos Make the Right Move By Releasing Willis McGahee?

By Dan Parzych
Willis McGahee
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From players being released to others signing with new teams, the 2013 NFL offseason has seen plenty of interesting moves that will have a major impact to the regular season as training camp is less than two months away from getting underway. The latest player to join the list–running back Willis McGahee.

The Denver Broncos announced on Thursday how they were releasing McGahee after two seasons–which may come as a bit of a surprise to some. McGahee led the team in rushing in each of the last two seasons as he rushed for 1,930 yards and eight touchdowns from 2011-12.


Unfortunately for McGahee, it appears the running back’s age played a key factor in the team’s decision to party ways as the Broncos have plenty of younger talent at running back for the 2013 season–including former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. The Broncos used a second-round pick on Ball in the 2013 NFL Draft and the decision to move on from McGahee shows just how confident the team is with their new running back.

There are plenty of teams that could use a veteran running back like McGahee–so it wouldn’t be a surprise if it was only a matter of time before he found a new home. It sounds crazy, but when taking into consideration McGahee’s history of injury along with the amount of running backs on Denver’s roster capable of making an impact–this decision by the Broncos doesn’t really come as much of a surprise at all.

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