You have to wonder if Willis McGahee felt as though he was on borrowed time. In some regards his entire career, especially his time with the Denver Broncos has been that way. That time has now been called due as the Broncos announced his release on Thursday.
Perhaps the most remarkable part of having McGahee as a starter the last two seasons was simply how counterintuitive it was for a running back to be seeing so much success so late in his career. Guys like Shaun Alexander, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Clinton Portis saw significant statistical decreases after their seventh seasons, whereas McGahee witnessed a rebirth of sorts in the Broncos’ read-option offense.
Expect Montee Ball to replace McGahee as the starter. The organization is impressed and not likely to be fooled twice by not having enough quality young backs after the team was unable to pick up a first down on the ground and run out the clock during the playoffs against the Ravens.