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Willis McGahee released by Broncos

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05:32 PM ET 06.13 | The Broncos put their running game largely in the hands of their own draft picks Thursday morning, releasing veteran Willis McGahee. McGahee was informed of the decision Thursday morning as the team gathered for its final day of minicamp. McGahee had missed the bulk of the Broncos' offseason workouts for what he called "family reasons," but had participated in Tuesday's and Wednesday's mandatory minicamp practices. In a statement, Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said, "It's never easy to part ways with a veteran player who made so many positive contributions to our team and our community. I appreciate all of the competitiveness, toughness and leadership Willis brought to the Broncos. He was an integral part of our turnaround during the past two seasons, and I wish him the best as he continues his NFL career."

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Willis McGahee during minicamp drills, Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Willis McGahee during minicamp drills, Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
June 13, 2013  05:47 PM ET

He'll be a good back up for any playoff team.

June 13, 2013  06:33 PM ET

Can't say this is a surprise. Can't say that I'm not disappointed. Good luck, Willis.

June 13, 2013  07:18 PM ET

More teams are tossing in rookies as they need players on the field and a lot of this is, 'By need' decisions. and of course money.

June 13, 2013  08:17 PM ET

Really though, it's his own fault. I'm sure he had very important things to deal with, and I figure he'll get another job. But he had to see this coming when he chose anything else over his team.

June 13, 2013  11:12 PM ET
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Really though, it's his own fault. I'm sure he had very important things to deal with, and I figure he'll get another job. But he had to see this coming when he chose anything else over his team.

Agree 100%. The voluntary OTA isn't like 2 a days, it's like going in to the office for a half day for 3 or 4 days. Peyton was holding his own OTA's for his receivers almost every other week, Willis was on a team focused about getting to the apex. That team goal differed from his personal goal. If his body wasn't up for strenuous effort, he still could have showed up and did rehab work with the team.

 
June 13, 2013  11:52 PM ET

Eagles and turkeys.

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