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Willis McGahee would like to play four more years

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Browns running back Willis McGahee returned to practice this week after missing last Sunday’s loss to the Bears because of a concussion and it looks like he’ll be able to return to the lineup for the final two games of the season.

McGahee turned 32 in October, he’s averaging 2.7 yards per carry and didn’t get a job for this season until September when the Browns traded Trent Richardson, so some people are wondering whether or not these will be the final two games of his professional career. According to McGahee, we’re a long way away from reaching that point.

“I want to play four more years,” McGahee said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “That would give me 15 years. This would come from a guy who was never supposed to play again. My back has always been against the wall.”

McGahee makes a reference to the serious knee injury he suffered in his final college game, which caused him to miss his rookie season with the Bills as people wondered if he could still be a productive back. He ran for more than 1,000 yards in three of the next four years (getting 990 yards in the fourth) to answer that question and touch off a long career with Buffalo, Baltimore, Denver and now the Browns.

After all that, it’s understandable that McGahee wants to go out on his own terms. Players don’t always get that chance, though, and McGahee might have another extended wait this offseason before finding out if he’ll get a chance to continue playing.

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14 Responses to “Willis McGahee would like to play four more years”
  1. mdpickles says: Dec 20, 2013 9:39 AM

    The way his college career ended, I was fearful that he would never play an NFL snap. Good for him.

  2. bucsfan21 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:44 AM

    He’s a depth guy now. A guy who will get a spot start now and again due to injury, but not an every down back. If he can accept that he’ll get an offer. If not, he’ll be staying home.

  3. godofwine330 says: Dec 20, 2013 9:48 AM

    Although the reason he is only averaging 2.7 yards per carry is largely due to the pitiful Browns offensive (is there a better word) line, but he won’t even play NEXT year, so he can forget about the following 3 years.

    I’m sorry, What you talkin’ ’bout, Willis?

  4. scottychicago says: Dec 20, 2013 9:52 AM

    4 more games might be a stretch

  5. ohioteamsusuallysuck says: Dec 20, 2013 9:56 AM

    Brandon weeden will have more yards rushing next year than him

  6. noahbird says: Dec 20, 2013 10:10 AM

    I put the over/under at 4 games.

  7. xman05 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:11 AM

    I love his passion for the game, but as a Browns fan I’d like to see Edwin Baker get the majority of the carries in these last couple games. Baker is young and has potential and could be part of the Browns’ future.

  8. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Dec 20, 2013 10:18 AM

    Is he broke? I don’t see the need to play four more years…no one wanted him until injuries occurred. Go off into the sunset.

  9. getyourownname says: Dec 20, 2013 10:24 AM

    Always liked Willis, he’s a fighter, but it appears that Ed Reed’s success in securing contracts based on out of date past performance has affected the perspective of other players.

  10. blantoncollier says: Dec 20, 2013 10:45 AM

    And I would have liked to have won the Lottery so I could buy the Browns—

    Sorry Willis–time to hang em up!

  11. mcarey032 says: Dec 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    Is this guy looking to double down on the concussion he sustained a couple of years ago and probably countless more which have probably gone undiagnosed. Walk away. You have had a good career. Walk away while you’re healthy and happy.

  12. craniator says: Dec 20, 2013 10:59 AM

    Whatchu talkin’ about , Willis ?

  13. jjackwagon says: Dec 20, 2013 11:01 AM

    I thought he retired.

  14. decayeahranger says: Dec 20, 2013 4:56 PM

    He needs to play about 10 more years to cover all his child support payments…..

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