Denver Broncos release RB Willis McGahee


The Denver Broncos have released their veteran runner back, Willis McGahee, according to Adam Schefter on Twitter. McGahee started for the Broncos the last two seasons.


McGahee is coming off a significant knee injury that sidelined him for the last two months of the season, and with the already crowded backfield – it will create more room for Ronnie Hillman and second-round rookie Montee Ball.

McGahee was set to make $2.5 million in 2013.

McGahee rushed for 1,930 yards with eight touchdowns in 25 games with the Broncos. He has 33 100-yard games, the most of any active NFL running back.

“It’s never easy to part ways with a veteran player who made so many positive contributions to our team and community,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said in a statement.

“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.”

McGahee skipped all ten volunteer practices with the team the last month citing family reasons, but insist that it did not put him in a bad spot with Hillman or Ball getting a head start.

McGahee will join the ranks of Cedric Benson, Brandon Jacobs and Michael Turner as veteran power backs looking for work this coming season.