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Willis McGahee informed of his release

Baltimore's McGahee breaks away from Kansas City's defense for a touchdown in Kansas City AP

We have our first post-lockout transaction to pass along.

Okay, it won’t officially be a transaction until Thursday. But we’re going to hear a lot of reports of agreements, deals, and other planned player moves all week long before anything is official.

The first such report is no surprise: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Willis McGahee has been informed he will be released by the Ravens.  We included McGahee on our list of players likely to get cut because he has a $6 million salary and seemed unwilling to take a pay cut.

McGahee will make less money wherever he signs, but he becomes a solid option for teams looking for a backup running back.

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53 Responses to “Willis McGahee informed of his release”
  1. dcbassguy says: Jul 25, 2011 5:45 PM

    He’s going to be a great addition to almost any team. I know I’d be happy to have him in Phi if we lose Jerome Harrison.

  2. goawayeverybody says: Jul 25, 2011 5:46 PM

    The tandem of Willis McGahee and Ray Rice worked very well. Ah well.

  3. feldman9000 says: Jul 25, 2011 5:49 PM

    Denver.

  4. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 25, 2011 5:49 PM

    Dude had one year contract written all over him.

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 25, 2011 5:50 PM

    Good luck to him. Seems to be a real fighter.

  6. Exiled1 says: Jul 25, 2011 5:50 PM

    This is an easy one. McGahee to the Dolphins.

  7. souljalb says: Jul 25, 2011 5:50 PM

    Ouch! He was good at getting those trash points but made way too much. I see Dolphins getting him

  8. steelers4life says: Jul 25, 2011 5:53 PM

    Stupid move Ravens. Par for the course.

  9. 52crabcakes says: Jul 25, 2011 5:53 PM

    Thanks for the great stiff arm memories Willis.

  10. darthvader89 says: Jul 25, 2011 5:54 PM

    As a Ravens fan I appreciated McGahee but the numbers just didn’t work out keeping him.

  11. trbowman says: Jul 25, 2011 5:54 PM

    McGahee can be a solid rotational back, but he thinks he’s worth a lot more than he really is.

  12. ramofsteel says: Jul 25, 2011 5:54 PM

    lol could imagine his reaction…

    McGahee- “Yes, lockout over! Back to work!”

    *phone rings*

    “Hello?”

    Newsome- “Willis, this is Ozzie. As you know the lockout is now over and player transactions can now be made. Unfortunetly, the Ravens have decieded to move on and you will be released. We thank you for your services.”

    McGahee- “Wait..wha?????”

  13. h07z says: Jul 25, 2011 5:55 PM

    The guy can still play. Somebody ‘s going to get a very solid addition.

  14. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jul 25, 2011 5:57 PM

    The problem is McGahee thinks he’s better than any running back in the NFL. My guess he won’t sign a deal until the middle of the pre season when a bigger name ends up getting hurt, holding a team hostage. Such as Chris Johnson or Adrian Peterson.

  15. britishraven says: Jul 25, 2011 5:58 PM

    I guess we now go to Rice and McClain in the backfield with the possibility of the Houston FB coming over?

    Under no circumstances should Jason Parmele become our #2 rb

  16. laeaglefan says: Jul 25, 2011 5:59 PM

    Eagles won’t sign McGahee. They’re signing Reno Mahe to be their backup running back, as he’s promised the entire coaching staff free gasoline for their cars as long as he’s on the roster.

  17. jacksaysfu says: Jul 25, 2011 6:01 PM

    Your welcome in Philly Willis!!

  18. rolltide510 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:03 PM

    Willis is going to go to a team that has a Top 5 fantasy running back and then consistently vulture goal line TDs, but not with enough frequency to be worth ever starting him.

    What a jerk.

  19. stairwayto7 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:04 PM

    another overrated “U” player!

  20. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 25, 2011 6:04 PM

    He’s exactly what the Bears need for those 3rd & short situations. Philly, maybe.

  21. bender4700 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:05 PM

    Willis, think MIAMI. MIAMI. MIAMI!

    GO HOME!. MIAMI!!! :D

  22. frostbelt says: Jul 25, 2011 6:06 PM

    Buffalo…

    just kidding

  23. bleedgreen says: Jul 25, 2011 6:08 PM

    I agree with the first poster. He’d look good backing up LeSean McCoy.

  24. redeemerac says: Jul 25, 2011 6:08 PM

    Just the fact that this guy got to play in the league after one of the worst injuries I’ve ever seen is a testimony to his guts and shear determination.
    Add to the fact that he’s been a solid RB makes his story even more amazing.

  25. citiciti says: Jul 25, 2011 6:08 PM

    FARVE says:Willis who? Talk about ME!!

  26. kast2l says: Jul 25, 2011 6:10 PM

    I would like to see him take some of the load off Chris Johnson in a titans uniform!

  27. feldman9000 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:12 PM

    It seems every training camp veteran RBs get cut then get picked up by somebody and you never hear from them again.

  28. benh999 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:13 PM

    He still was with the Ravens?

    –John Harbaugh

  29. nagidac says: Jul 25, 2011 6:13 PM

    I hope he catches on somewhere, the guy could be a valuable addition to many of the teams in the league looking for a solid number 2 RB.

  30. ravensfan4life52 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:14 PM

    so long Willis. thanks for the memories and good luck where ever you end up.

  31. bucfevernva says: Jul 25, 2011 6:15 PM

    Come on down to tampa and play i live in virginia now but still a proud supporter of the bucs and we need a 3rd down back and a back up thats solid for legarrette blount!

    whooooppppppppppppppp! watch out nfl!

  32. oarangecrush says: Jul 25, 2011 6:16 PM

    Welcome to Denver!

  33. ppdoc13 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:18 PM

    @steelers4life – you sir are a moron, if you would keep Willis at a cap number of 6 million dollars to be a back up running back.

    i would love to keep willis here as a tandem with Rice. He is a good team player despite what has been said about him. But like many football players, he has a very overvalued sense of self worth. He still thinks he is a top flight RB in the NFL and the sad truth is that at best he is a tandem back at this point in his career.

    perhaps when he shops himself and finds out that he is only worth a million or so, he will come back to Bmore with his tail between his legs looking for his old job.

    as far as Steelers4life – i thought some more about it, you are a moron either way.

  34. Deb says: Jul 25, 2011 6:20 PM

    I know it’s the girl in me, but this seems so mean. He didn’t even get time to pop the cork on the champagne. :(

    But on the flip side, Ozzie’s giving McGahee more time to find a new team.

  35. lostsok says: Jul 25, 2011 6:21 PM

    I think Miami will look at DeAngelo, Bradshaw, Bush or Sproles…but if those don’t work out, Willis would be a solid fallback option.

  36. unfkwthabl says: Jul 25, 2011 6:22 PM

    the mandatory NE reference to places a veteran can end up

  37. cboldt12 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:23 PM

    He might be a good fit for the Browns. Have a chance to get a little payback on Kosovo..err…Baltimore..

  38. connorchew says: Jul 25, 2011 6:25 PM

    i can see it now ” (clear throat). well, we looked at him last time he was available ( clear throat) and even when he came out of college. he may be injury prone, but hopefullt that’s in the past. he’s a good fit in what we’re trying to do here ( clear throat ) and we’re glad to have him on board( clear throat) – andy reid.

  39. ccoolahan14 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:29 PM

    A great player and will be a beast for whatever team he goes to. A move that had to be made by the ravens, however.

  40. mkbane says: Jul 25, 2011 6:33 PM

    Whoa, actual football news. Awesome.

  41. axespray says: Jul 25, 2011 6:34 PM

    Keep getting this guy mixed up with that patriots player….The NFL Network guy now.

  42. ravensfan4life52 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:34 PM

    im hearing the Ravens are cutting Kelly Gregg too. this is starting to ruin my happiness aboubt the lockout being over. they better be going after nnamdi.

  43. bigfella87 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:35 PM

    Saw this one coming a mile away. Thanks for the memories McGahee (including that amazing stiff arm on Hiram Eugene!). But, as the old saying goes, next man up.

  44. goodandfast says: Jul 25, 2011 6:36 PM

    cboldt12 says:
    Jul 25, 2011 6:23 PM
    He might be a good fit for the Browns. Have a chance to get a little payback on Kosovo..err…Baltimore..

    ===================================

    He just finished beating the hell out of the Browns for his entire time in Baltimore…why would he want to go there and get beat to hell along with the rest of them?

  45. asublimeday says: Jul 25, 2011 6:39 PM

    Hopefully he’s better than Chester Taylor. Everybody was schlurping him last year and he killed the bears.

  46. watermelon1 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:46 PM

    He’ll get multiple offers.

    And if anyone remembers when the Ravens actually used him… he’s fun to watch.

    If he gets on a team, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up the starter by the end of the season.

  47. icuwoot says: Jul 25, 2011 6:48 PM

    And see people, this is exactly why players hold out. It’s a two way street. Works plenty for both sides, yet some people can’t understand this.

  48. yelix says: Jul 25, 2011 6:55 PM

    Happened a year too early. Chiefs still have Thomas Jones under contract for one more season, and they’re going to need another big, short-yardage guy to split carries with Jamaal Charles. Willis would have fit that role pretty well.

  49. ravensfreak00 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:59 PM

    I was always a Willis McGahee fan during his time in Baltimore and he never complained or created problems in the locker room when his carries went down. I wish him the best of luck wherever he goes.

  50. theravenlives2 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:03 PM

    cboldt12 says:
    Jul 25, 2011 6:23 PM
    He might be a good fit for the Browns. Have a chance to get a little payback on Kosovo..err…Baltimore..

    =================================

    Yes, because Cleveland is the garden spot of the midwest……

  51. rando74 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:06 PM

    ya hes bound for Denver for sure. Its a good fit for both parties. Knowshon needs a kick in the ass.

  52. thumbsupme says: Jul 25, 2011 7:25 PM

    I gotta get Ray Rice on my fantasy team for sure now.

  53. mdnittlion says: Jul 25, 2011 8:21 PM

    So he’s on the downside of his career and wants more money than a reasonable team would be willing to pay? Welcome to the Redskins you’ll love it here.

    -Dan Snyder

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