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Broncos Release McGahee

By Nate Woelfel



According to reports, the Denver Broncos have released running back Willis McGahee. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
According to reports, the Denver Broncos have released running back Willis McGahee. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos have cut ties with running back Willis McGahee according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The veteran back, who is entering his 11th season in the league, spent the past two seasons with the Broncos and appeared in 25 games. While in Denver,  he ran for 1,930 yards on 416 attempts for an average of over 4.6 yards per carry, an average that his above his career mark of 4.1 yards per attempt. He also recorded eight rushing touchdowns.

McGahee has broken the 1,000-yard rushing plateau four times in his career, including 2011 when he scampered for 1,199 yards for the Broncos.

The 31-year-old McGahee , who opted not to report to the team’s OTA’s, was slated to make $2.5 million this season.

"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 John Elway said in a statement. "I appreciate all the competitiveness, toughness and leadership Willis brought to the Broncos. He was an integral part of our team's turnaround the past two seasons, and I wish him the best as he continues his NFL career."

Originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft, McGahee has played in 15 or more games in six of his 10 professional seasons. He has spent time with three different teams.