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McGahee officially signs with the Broncos

Last week, three teams agreed to terms with veteran players before any team technically was allowed to contact those veteran players.

Two of those players, quarterback Vince Young and receiver Roy Williams, joined the Eagles and Bears, respectively, not long after the issuance of the Personnel Notice officially listing them as being released.  The third player, Willis McGahee, had yet to join the Broncos.

Amid reports of denials that an agreement in principle had been reached and explanations that the Broncos wanted to eyeball McGahee before offering him a contract, a league source tells us that McGahee has signed a four-year contract, worth approximately $10 million.

The effort by the Broncos — and by the media to throw the Broncos a bone in order to keep the Broncos out of trouble with the league office — had become laughable.  Once word got out of the agreement with McGahee before he appeared on the official Personnel Notice and after the league office sent an e-mail to all teams reminding them of the rule against contacting players who have not yet appeared on the official Personnel Notice, the Broncos tried to cram the toothpaste back into the tube.

We realize that the Broncos don’t want to get into trouble, but we didn’t realize it’s the job of the media to help keep them, or any other team, out of it.

UPDATE:  One of the reporters who has been pushing the Broncos’ position contends via text that our original report of the three-year, $7.5 million deal in principle must have been wrong because the deal signed today is worth nearly $10 million over four years.  The easy explanation is that another year was added at roughly the same rate to cover tracks.  Either way, our prior report was accurate, and we’re not going to pretend that it wasn’t as a favor to the Broncos or anyone.

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23 Responses to “McGahee officially signs with the Broncos”
  1. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:22 PM

    Good move Denver.

  2. pftrumors says: Jul 30, 2011 9:27 PM

    Still I find it intriguing in regards to the total lack of faith in Knowshon Moreno. Aside from injuries, what caused his fall from grace?

  3. 52crabcakes says: Jul 30, 2011 9:31 PM

    Good job Willis. Sorry to see you go.

  4. tyguy5 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:31 PM

    Remember when Denver used to plug in any running back and they’d automatically become a 1,000-yard rusher? Yep, that feels like a long time ago…

  5. doggz109 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:31 PM

    Nice move…….Fox is going to run run and run some more. The more healthy quality backs you have the better.

  6. doctorfootball says: Jul 30, 2011 9:36 PM

    Makes sense for the Broncos. They have one mediocre back (Moreno), so why not bring in another with McGahee.

  7. frankvzappa says: Jul 30, 2011 9:36 PM

    The media is used to covering thing up. If you listen to the media, you might not even realize that this is a fascist police state. Of course, if all you listen to is mainstream media, then you are retarded.

  8. goawayeverybody says: Jul 30, 2011 9:37 PM

    Still a great goal line back.

  9. broncotis3000 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:39 PM

    Good..He will be a good complement for Knowshon Moreno and has a nose for the goal line.

  10. tsutton84 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:40 PM

    McGahee is yesterday’s news.

  11. naterysavy says: Jul 30, 2011 9:48 PM

    “Aside from the injuries?”

    Aside from that Ms. Lincoln, how was the play?

  12. rukiddnme29 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:54 PM

    Knowshon simply isn’t that good or full of effort.

  13. perry1977 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:55 PM

    ^^^^ I think it’s the fact that he sucks at football.

  14. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:59 PM

    Nice pick up! Great short yardage guy!

  15. centexhorn says: Jul 30, 2011 10:06 PM

    pftrumors: He’s an idiot. Always has been nothing more than an idiot with an inflated ego.

  16. s7deadlysins says: Jul 30, 2011 10:16 PM

    Good for Mcgahee, He should thrive with the Broncos. I have always been a fan of his after watching that devastating broken leg he suffered while he was with the Hurricanes. Good Luck Willis!

  17. Soulman45 says: Jul 30, 2011 10:41 PM

    All three should lose a #1 pick.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  18. msclemons67 says: Jul 30, 2011 11:04 PM

    So the Broncos’ backfield is Knoyards Moreno and the guy who spent last year running into the center’s ass and then falling down?

    Tebow will be the #1 HB by October.

  19. tatum064 says: Jul 30, 2011 11:09 PM

    they have to get to the goal line first. With Tebow at the helm that isnt a given. If Orton comes back, they should be a little better.

    Hiram Eugene, take notice. LOL

  20. jpmelon says: Jul 30, 2011 11:45 PM

    he’s the best back in the league…..or at least that’s what he says.

    Guys a punk….

    Bills fan

  21. depotnator says: Jul 31, 2011 12:05 AM

    “…the Broncos tried to cram the toothpaste back into the tube.”

    That’s a lot better than Cheeze-Wiz.

  22. Sayre Bedinger says: Jul 31, 2011 12:43 AM

    Are you tattling?

  23. titsburgfeelers says: Jul 31, 2011 3:16 AM

    I just see broncos still needing a D line. And a bunch of Losers comenting on people they wish they could Be.

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