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Browns Agree To Terms With RB Willis McGahee

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Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images.
Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images.

Willis McGahee passed his physical with the Cleveland Browns today, and he is now a part of the team, according to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com. Details of his contract — which has yet to be officially signed — were not made available, but it’s likely for the veteran’s minimum on a one-year deal. The move was likely a planned response to the Browns’ blockbuster trade of Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts yesterday.

McGahee tore his MCL and fractured his leg in November of last year, which ended his season early. The 31-year-old, who was cut by the Denver Broncos in June, hasn’t received much interest around the league. He worked out for the Giants the other week, but he was passed over for Brandon Jacobs — that’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for his health or his ability to be a productive running back.

McGahee does have a slight leg up on the competition. He has familiarity with coach Rob Chudzinski, having played for him while he was at the University of Miami. And Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner praised McGahee, saying that he’s a good inside runner that will understand their system because of his experience.

Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey are the only other tailbacks on the Browns’ depth chart.