After two years spent in Denver, the Broncos have decided to release veteran running back Willis McGahee.
McGahee, who spent the last two months of the regular season sidelined due to injury, led the Broncos in 2012-13 with 731 rushing yards.
The 11th-year veteran has endured multiple knee injuries, dating all the way back to his college days at Miami, but most recently suffered a season-ending injury when he tore a ligament in his right knee from a blow delivered by San Diego Chargers’ DB Quentin Jammer.
While in Denver, McGahee rushed for 1,930 yards and eight touchdowns.
McGahee, who is pushing 32 years of age, told ESPN, “I knew it was going to happen. It is what it is. They are going younger…I don’t have anything against the people behind me. Now they have the opportunity. I wish them nothing but the best of luck. They’re all good kids.”
McGahee was selected as the 23rd overall pick by Buffalo in the 2003 NFL Draft. He also spent time in Baltimore where he rushed for 31 touchdowns in four seasons.
In his career, McGahee played in 130 NFL games, amassing 8,097 rushing yards and 63 touchdowns.
Despite being released, the veteran insists that there is still gas in the tank. “I will keep playing,” he told ESPN. “I don’t feel like I have to go out there and say what I have left. I know what I can do. I’m not worried about it. Once I get the opportunity, it will be all good.”
With McGahee out, the Broncos have placed all of their chips on second-round draft pick, Monte Ball. Aside from Knowshon Moreno, Denver is thin at the running back position.
However, fans of McGahee need not worry. It shouldn’t take him long to find a new home.