McGahee released after failing to fully recover from knee injury
The Denver Broncos have confirmed the release of veteran running back Willis McGahee, as they look set to make rookie running back Montee Ball their starting running back for the 2013 NFL season.
31-year old McGahee suffered a torn MCL and broken leg during 2012, and those injuries, as well as his age, appear to have caught up with him, and the team are looking to inject youth to the running back group by opting to go with someone a decade younger than the former first round pick.
Speaking to NFL.com, VP of Football Operations John Elway was thanked the former Miami graduate for his services to the team.
“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,” Elway said.
McGahee had 1,930 yards in 15 games for the Broncos, are relatively solid figure considering the injuries he had sustained during his time at Mile High.
The question now for McGahee is finding another team for next season. He will be 32 during later this year, considered old for a running back, and may only find a roster spot as a one-down back, with divisional rivals San Diego a possible landing spot.