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    Ravens to release McGahee?

    It appears likely that Willis McGahee will be cut by the Baltimore Ravens this offseason.

    The team decided at their recent evaluation meetings not to bring the running back and his $6 million in base salary back for the 2011 season, The Baltimore Sun reported on Monday, citing an NFL source.


    Willis McGahee has rushed for 1,595 yards and 24 touchdowns over his past three seasons with the Ravens. (John Rieger/US Presswire)
    When asked about McGahee's future, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said that no players would be cut before the current CBA deal expires on March 3. Newsome was non-committal when asked if the running back will be with Baltimore next season.

    "Right now, there are a lot of things that could happen before next season," Newsome said.

    McGahee signed a seven-year deal with Baltimore in 2007. He is under contract for 2011, but 2012 ($6.5 million base salary) and 2013 ($7.2 million) are option years.

    NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported that McGahee, who longs to be a starting tailback again, is not inclined to take less than his $6 million salary to stay behind Ray Rice. La Canfora added that the Ravens are in no rush to release McGahee, but a parting of the sides seems inevitable at some point this offseason.

    McGahee, 29, earned $3.6 million to serve as Rice's backup last season, rushing for 380 yards and five touchdowns on 100 carries. Rice, 24, finished with 1,220 yards and five touchdowns on 307 carries. Rice added 63 catches for 556 yards and a TD reception, making him the more versatile of the two players.

    If the Ravens cut ties with McGahee, it is unclear who will share the load with Rice for the run-first offense. Fullback Le'Ron McClain and his power-running style is an option, but he is due to become an unrestricted free agent later this offseason. Another route is to bring back McGahee. The Ravens will have the opportunity to make a new offer to McGahee once he becomes a free agent, presumably in the range of his 2010 salary.


    Do we jump on him? I would like the idea. An experience back up and certainly would do the job.


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    Re: Ravens to release McGahee?

    Once he can stay healthy, and he does not demand more than he was getting, I have no problem with it whatsoever.

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    Re: Ravens to release McGahee?

    Ive always really liked him, he can play any role we need him to.

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    Re: Ravens to release McGahee?

    I say NO. Mcgahee will want playing time. With Jackson being such a work horse back and McDaniels trying to get him around 30 carries a night its hard to see Mcgahee getting many touches. Also he will want more money than we should give a back-up. He would be better off in a 2 RB system.

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    Re: Ravens to release McGahee?

    Quote Originally Posted by BarronWade View Post
    I say NO. Mcgahee will want playing time. With Jackson being such a work horse back and McDaniels trying to get him around 30 carries a night its hard to see Mcgahee getting many touches. Also he will want more money than we should give a back-up. He would be better off in a 2 RB system.
    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm, I will agree that we should leave McGahee alone but that's about it. I don't think any Running back has ever had 30 carries in a McDaniels offense. To tell you the truth I wouldn't be surprised to see SJaxs carries drop to about 250 this year. McHoodie does not like to run the ball a whole lot and likes to use different backs when he does do it.

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    Re: Ravens to release McGahee?

    And just as another note, 30 carries a game equals 480 carries on the season, at this point in his carreer SJ will do better getting around 15-18 carries a game and staying fresh.

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    Re: Ravens to release McGahee?

    In a word "no".
    We need to get younger at the backup RB position & plan for the future.

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