After Conflicting Reports, Willis McGahee To Broncos Official

There were conflicting reports out there on whether the Broncos signed RB Willis McGahee, but the deal became official Sunday.

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NFL Free Agency 2011: Willis McGahee To The Broncos Is Official

Willis McGahee has passed his physical and is officially a member of the Denver Broncos. After being victimized by the Baltimore Ravenspurge of veterans in the aftermath of the lockout (which seems forever ago, am I right?), McGahee has latched on to a team desperate for veteran running backs in the Broncos.

McGahee's contract is for  $9.5 million over four years,, which is a very long time for a 29-year-old running back playing on 45-year-old knees, especially when he's coming off a career-worst season. McGahee only carried the ball 100 times last season for 380 yards and 5 touchdowns.

McGahee has set career lows in yardage each of the past three seasons, which could be due to the fact that the Ravens have used him less, but age can not be ignored for running backs. Shaun Alexander and LaDanian Tomlinson have proved in recent years that running backs fall from the elite to the pedestrian can be a precipitous one. 

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Willis McGahee To Denver Broncos Not Done Deal Yet

After reports that had Willis McGahee signing with the Denver Broncos, it now appears that the deal might not be finalized after all.

According to NFL reporter Jason La Confora, McGahee will be brought in for a workout by the Broncos, but that no deal has yet been signed. McGahee was told by the Baltimore Ravens that he would be released on Thursday.

During the past three seasons, McGahee has been transformed into more of a goal-line specialist, as Ray Rice emerged as the featured running back. McGahee has managed to score 20 touchdowns in the past two seasons despite a combined 238 carries and catches. 

The confusion over McGahee's status may stem from an email the NFL sent out, informing teams that they can not talk to players until their release has been made official. It would now appear the Broncos may have violated that rule and are now trying to walk back on the McGahee deal, such as La Confora, who was among those reporting the deal as being finalized.

It appears they've jumped the gun at this point.

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Willis McGahee To The Denver Broncos With $7.5 Million Contract

Free agent running back Willis McGahee will sign a three year deal with the Denver Broncos, sources reported Friday. As expected, the Baltimore Ravens let McGahee go earlier this week, and now he's found a new home in Denver.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal will be worth $7.5 million over three years, with $3 million guaranteed. McGahee has battled injuries in recent years, and over the past two years in Baltimore he saw his role dramatically reduced thanks to the emergence of Ray Rice as the Ravens' feature back. His release was as much a function of Rice's emergence as any perceived decline in ability.

As for his new home in Denver, he'll join Knowshon Moreno in the Broncos backfield, where he's likely to see the field a lot more often than he did in Baltimore. For the Broncos' part, it gives them a proven veteran to pair with the second-year Moreno in the backfield, and McGahee comes to Denver at a relatively cheap cost, with just $3 million guaranteed.

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Willie McGahee Expected To Be Released By Baltimore Ravens Before 2011 Season

The Baltimore Ravens are expected to release RB Willie McGahee at some point this offseason, according to the Baltimore Sun. That news isn't a total shock considering McGahee, who was paid $3.6 million as a backup to Ray Rice last year, has a salary that will pay him $6 million in 2011.

Citing NFL sources, the Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens made the decision at their most recent roster evaluation but GM Ozzie Newsome didn't confirm the decision.

When asked if the Ravens were going to cut McGahee, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome replied: "I have said there will be no players released before March 3."

When asked if McGahee would be on the Ravens roster before the beginning of next season, Newsome said: "Right now, there are a lot of things that could happen before next season."    

The Ravens aren't releasing anyone before March 3rd because that's the date the current labor deal between the NFL owners and players expires. Once that date passes, and until a new CBA is in place, there will be no player movement.

McGahee signed a seven-year contract in 2007 but has since been relegated to a backup role. Not many people thought they would carry him on their roster in 2011 with a high salary so the report isn't surprising. 

Check out Baltimore Beatdown to see what Ravens fans are saying.

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