Broncos Running Back Willis McGahee. Photo Courtesy US Pressiwre.
KUSA - The Denver Broncos have released running back Willis McGahee.
McGahee did not participate in the team's voluntary Organized Team Activities (OTAs) due to what he called "family obligations." When McGahee reported to mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday this week, he said he had no regrets about missing time with his teammates in April and May.
The Denver Broncos tweeted a statement from John Elway, "It's never easy to part ways with a veteran player who made so many positive contributions to our team and community. 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 was one of eight running backs on the Broncos roster Tuesday. He took a few snaps with the first team, however most of the work went to Ronnie Hillman and rookie Montee Ball.
In addressing the added competition this year, McGahee remarked: "There's always going to be heat and competition, because every year they're going to bring in a running back. All I can do is be Willis McGahee. I can't control what can happen. I can just go out there and do my job."
McGahee is an 11th-year veteran who spent the last two seasons with Denver, totaling 1,930 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 416 carries (4.6 avg.) in 25 regular-season games played (23 starts). A two-time Pro Bowl selection, McGahee spent his first eight NFL seasons with Buffalo (2003-06) and Baltimore (2007-10).
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