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Willis McGahee joins the Broncos

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

The minute Willis McGahee was released by Baltimore, reports surfaced that he wanted to join the Broncos.

Denver scanned the running back market, came up short in a bid for DeAngelo Williams, and decided to grant McGahee his wish.

A league source tells Florio — breaking news during PFT Live — that McGahee has agreed to a three-year, $7.5 million deal with $3 million guaranteed.

It’s a somewhat underwhelming pickup.  McGahee remains a solid NFL player, but his best days are behind him.  After all the talk this offseason that the Broncos didn’t trust Knowshon Moreno, we expected them to make a bolder move at running back.

It’s quite possible the team still brings in another decent veteran to the group. Between this move and getting caught bluffing on a possible Kyle Orton trade, the Elway-led Broncos front office may be using up much of the goodwill of their fans.

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43 Responses to “Willis McGahee joins the Broncos”
  1. beckzhere says: Jul 29, 2011 12:32 PM

    This should give Moreno a breather on third downs and should ultimately improve the entire running game. A little steep on the contract in my opinion.

  2. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 29, 2011 12:38 PM

    Broncos needed a RB and got one. Good move

  3. rando74 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:39 PM

    I like this. This guy is tough and we know he can take a hit. Good move. He wont be a superstar but he’ll put some balls in the end zone.

  4. bottlerocket33 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:41 PM

    Not sure why Rosenthal is so down on this signing. I LOVE it. 3 years for 7.5. Sproles got 4 for 14 and I would MUCH rather have McGahee. In fact, I think of all the RBs left, I’d only rather have Micheal Bush or Bradshaw. McGahee’s still 29 and wasn’t overworked the last three years. Plus, this greases the wheels for McClain, the real area of need.

  5. walkedintoabar says: Jul 29, 2011 12:41 PM

    Ravens should make a play for DeSean Jackson

  6. BroncoNick says: Jul 29, 2011 12:42 PM

    Hearing Lendale White is looking good at camp physically. Denver fans… we are rebuilding… it’s not going to happen in one year.

  7. citnetter says: Jul 29, 2011 12:42 PM

    I know Moreno had a bad start last year with injuries and all, and I guess there are rumors about the coaches not liking him, but the guy put up some fairly nice numbers last year when he finally got somewhat healthy. I had him on my FFL team and he was pretty productive the last 3rd of the season.

  8. offsideburns says: Jul 29, 2011 12:43 PM

    he’ll turn 30 this year, dont get it

  9. unclehilroy says: Jul 29, 2011 12:43 PM

    Good luck, Willis. Enjoyed having you in Baltimore. Guess I need a new jersey now.

  10. Patriot42 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:43 PM

    They screwed up the Miami trade so far not a glowing endorsement of horse face.

  11. goawayeverybody says: Jul 29, 2011 12:44 PM

    McGahee will get a lot of goal-line carries.

  12. tomcous says: Jul 29, 2011 12:46 PM

    Good move to get a RB, wrong move on this headcase! …

    With Ronnie Brown on the market still it’s nuts to overpay Willis!

  13. coonsqualler says: Jul 29, 2011 12:47 PM

    I bet they wish they still had my boy Hillis!!
    Just Sayin’… Go Brownies!!

  14. Spencer says: Jul 29, 2011 12:47 PM

    Their front office has made the Broncos the laughingstock of the NFL. Amateur hour.

  15. cardmagnet says: Jul 29, 2011 12:48 PM

    I disagree, and feel this is an excellent (not underwhelming) movie. McGahee’s best days are not behind him. He wasn’t properly utilized in Baltimore, and has a slightly younger body than most RBs his age because of the lack of playing time in recent years.

    As long as McGahee can avoid the injury bug, he will be very productive, and will vastly outperform Moreno.

  16. starderup says: Jul 29, 2011 12:49 PM

    Ok, now that we heard from both Bronco fans, I’ll offer my condolences for the upcoming pathetic Denver season in advance.

  17. paulymags says: Jul 29, 2011 12:52 PM

    Denver desperately needed a decent running back. Willis may not be in his prime, but is a great add for Denver.

  18. skoobyfl says: Jul 29, 2011 12:52 PM

    In further news, the future population figures in Denver have suddenly been adjusted upwards 5% inexplicably.

  19. stealthhawk says: Jul 29, 2011 12:54 PM

    The Broncos really need to stop picking up yesterday’s garbage at RB. Moreno is alright but probably not enough.

    They should have been in on Sproles. That would have stuck one to the Chargers too.

  20. chicagorilla1 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:54 PM

    Who the hell thought Elway would be a good GM anyway? Players seem to suck in the office i.e MJ.

  21. droksid says: Jul 29, 2011 12:57 PM

    @starderup

    At least our three QBs aren’t Pat Devlin, Chad Henne, and Matt Moore.

    You should feel badly for Miami. Oh and the Seahawks. Why pay for Rice when Tavaris Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst are the only QBs on your team.

  22. broncotis3000 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:57 PM

    @starderup….save your condolences for whatever pathetic team you follow..This is a good pickup for tandem with Knowshon Moreno..McGahee still has some tread and has a nose for the goal line

  23. st0n3r78 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:58 PM

    walkedintoabar says:Jul 29, 2011 12:41 PM

    Ravens should make a play for DeSean Jackson
    ——————————————————-

    You sir must be very uninformed of how the NFL works. DJax is not available. He is under contract, Philly is NOT accepting offers on him. Baltimore would EASILY have to cough up a 1st+ to even get Philly to accept the phone call. Djax will be in Eagles green for a LONG time. Suck IT.

  24. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Jul 29, 2011 12:59 PM

    I’m gonna miss him, guy has a lot left in his tank but we couldn’t afford his contract as a backup tailback.. Good luck Willis!

  25. thetechnocrat says: Jul 29, 2011 1:03 PM

    Willis should start right away. He’s a touchdown machine that doesn’t go down easy.

    Make Moreno the 3rd down guy.

  26. steel6times says: Jul 29, 2011 1:09 PM

    Jason La Confora is saying this report is false and that the Broncos plan to work him out first.

  27. sullijo1 says: Jul 29, 2011 1:09 PM

    I’m just glad I’m not a Kansas City fan – no super bowl appearances in 40 years and no playoff wins in 18 years. WOW, that sucks.

  28. dcbassguy says: Jul 29, 2011 1:10 PM

    This is a great move for the Broncos. It wouldn’t surprise me if Moreno got the axe. It also wouldn’t surprise me if Willis had a better season than Dwill does in Carolina.

  29. scubasteve4930 says: Jul 29, 2011 1:11 PM

    ray edwards just signed with the falcons

  30. nevermore52 says: Jul 29, 2011 1:12 PM

    I’ve watched every game that he’s played in a Raven uniform. This is an EXCELLENT value pickup for Denver. He WILL start, and he WILL ball out. Moreno is headed for the bench with the quickness. I would give it all of about 2 practices for John Fox to make that choice. McGahee is one of the most underrated players in the league right now. He also has one of the meanest stiff arms.

  31. scubasteve4930 says: Jul 29, 2011 1:12 PM

    damn

    the bucs have some serious work to do if they want to stay on pace with the saints n falcons.

  32. dkms2k says: Jul 29, 2011 1:16 PM

    This is exactly the kind of veteran bruiser running back John Fox likes. Carolina fans will remember how he rode Lamar Smith and Stephen Davis until their wheels fell off. Now all he needs is his guy to run the draw play on 3rd and long. Enjoy Bronco fans!

  33. sasquash20 says: Jul 29, 2011 1:21 PM

    Its a great signing. Moreno is a good back (4 yards a carry and 9 yards a catch for his career) but has had trouble staying healthy. By taking some of the wear and tear away he may become a more effective player. Plus it should make him realize he needs to pick it up. The money there paying McGahee is only 7.5 for 3 years with 3 million for sure. Compaired to what D.Williams just got thats nothing. Williams gets hurt more then Moreno for gods sake.

  34. ahostiletakeover says: Jul 29, 2011 1:23 PM

    Willis may be 29, but he has less wear on him over the last couple of seasons after being relegated to backup. Willis is a really powerful back, more so than most realize and is a decent pass catcher. He should be a good compliment to Moreno and I think Fox will get a lot out of him. Other than the initial issues he and Harbs butted heads over at the start of the ’08 season he has been nothing but a stand up guy and a true team player. Its no blockbuster. Move but its a good one for the Broncos and at a decent price, I think you’re undervaluing the move yourself Rosenthal. We Ravens fans appreciated Willis when he was here and the Broncos fans will too.

  35. bmorelikeme says: Jul 29, 2011 1:26 PM

    This is a great pick up. He wasn’t worth the 6 mil he was getting from the Ravens, but he will still make plays. He would get less than 10 touches a game in Baltimore, yet would still produce some amazing runs over the course of a season. With a more consistent workload he could put up some good numbers for the Broncos. Best luck to you Willis.

  36. jackfnburton says: Jul 29, 2011 1:28 PM

    The problem is that Denver has salary cap issues until the league year officially starts next week and their “dead money” comes off the cap. But that’s next week. They had to make a move on a RB now, and McGahee was the best combination of talent and affordability currently available. With a reconstituted OL and some new blood, I’d expect Denver’s rushing attack to at least be a factor, where last year it simply wasn’t.

  37. puhleezho says: Jul 29, 2011 1:48 PM

    This may mean 3rd and 2 is no longer a pass! Bravo!

  38. universalcynic says: Jul 29, 2011 1:50 PM

    If your team had the cap situation we had thanks to Joshie “Frat Boy” McDumbnuts you’d understand why we in Denver are excited about this. Not over the moon, but excited nonetheless. Remember, we had Knoshow and Corell Buckhalter.

    Please, tell us what you are talking about Willis. We’re all ears.

    Go Broncos.

  39. bdmurrayjr says: Jul 29, 2011 2:20 PM

    I don’t understand why the Saints are being praised for having three different styles of backs in Ingram, Thomas, and Sproles, yet the Broncos are deemed foolish for doing the same thing with White, McGahee and Moreno. I think this is an excellent move and gives the Broncos power, speed, and versatility at the RB position.

  40. dexterismyhero says: Jul 29, 2011 2:26 PM

    Ok, I’ll say it.

    “What you talking ’bout Willis!!!!!”

  41. 4512dawg4512 says: Jul 29, 2011 3:02 PM

    Bye bye Hillis hello Willis, haha Go Browns!

  42. kenneth22553 says: Jul 29, 2011 3:04 PM

    Instant touchdown when inside the 5 with this guy. Good pickup from all accounts.

  43. shadowgm1 says: Jul 29, 2011 3:13 PM

    Thank God…this ratchets up my fantasy potential for keeper Ray Rice. At least I won’t need to see this turd trot on the field as soon as the Ravens get into goal line situations anymore. Hopefully they won’t sub LeRon McClain as the new goal vulture. give Rice the damn ball when you get down there!

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