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No. 1 reason Denver dumped McGahee

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07:06 AM ET 06.17 | Welcome to the spotlight, Montee Ball. As the Broncos wrapped up their minicamp at Dove Valley, a funny thing happened with the running backs. A swarm of media swamped [Ball], the rookie, beneath an octopus of digital recorders and TV cameras. Meanwhile, the running back who would be the starter right now, Ronnie Hillman, barely drew a crowd. ... So let's try to clarify any confusion with the Broncos running back situation -- starting with the sudden release of Willis McGahee, the former starter. Why was McGahee cut loose? Foremost, he's not healthy. I have it on good authority that's what the Broncos believe. It's why McGahee was afforded only limited carries in the mandatory minicamp. It's the No. 1 reason he's on the job market for a new gig.

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June 17, 2013  07:20 AM ET

31 and not healthy. That's not a recipe for a new contract.

June 17, 2013  07:47 AM ET

He's never healthy for long

June 17, 2013  07:59 AM ET

When I read that article yesterday, what came to mind is that Willis might have skipped voluntary OTAs because he's still not healthy and didn't want that to come to light. When he showed up for mandatory's The Greek (trainer) warned Fox & Co of that so they left him on the sidelines while they decided what to do.

June 17, 2013  08:00 AM ET

Considering he was Marcus Lattimore before Marcus Lattimore, it's been a hell of a run.

But - the end of the line is right over there, Willis. Might be time to just step over it and move on.

June 17, 2013  08:08 AM ET

He was fortunate to have the career he did have. 31 is not bad to bow out and do something meaningful with your life.

June 17, 2013  09:06 AM ET

The $2.5 million in cap space with him gone and replaceable is the reason. They can use that this year or add it to next year or play contract games with another player. T'is a business.

June 17, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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He was fortunate to have the career he did have. 31 is not bad to bow out and do something meaningful with your life.

No lie, that Willis ever played a down in the NFL was a huge question mark after the Fiesta Bowl. That was one of those plays that made you sick.

June 17, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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No lie, that Willis ever played a down in the NFL was a huge question mark after the Fiesta Bowl. That was one of those plays that made you sick.

True Dat!

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June 17, 2013  10:32 AM ET
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...That was one of those plays that made you sick.

Gruesome...

June 17, 2013  10:55 AM ET

He put the ball on the ground a lot.

June 17, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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No lie, that Willis ever played a down in the NFL was a huge question mark after the Fiesta Bowl. That was one of those plays that made you sick.

I still say the media jinxed him in that game... All week, leading up until the game they spoke on how he took out a $1Million insurance policy in case he got injured... Then WHAM!

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June 17, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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At least he was sharp enough to do that.

True.

June 17, 2013  11:47 AM ET
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At least he was sharp enough to do that.

I'm sure smarter people around him came up with the idea first

people that have since been well-compensated

June 17, 2013  12:14 PM ET
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I'm sure smarter people around him came up with the idea firstpeople that have since been well-compensated

We're talking the old Miami Hurricanes so there can be TONS of people well compensated, there.

June 17, 2013  12:14 PM ET
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I'm sure smarter people around him came up with the idea firstpeople that have since been well-compensated

We're talking the old Miami Hurricanes so there can be TONS of people well compensated, there.

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