Broncos release Willis McGahee

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The Denver Broncos released veteran running back Willis McGahee on Thursday.

The 11-year veteran spent the last two seasons in Denver, rushing for 1,930 yards and eight touchdowns.

It’s never easy to part ways with a veteran player who made so many positive contributions to our team and community,” Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said. “I appreciate all of the competitiveness, toughness and leadership Willis brought to the Broncos. He was an integral part of our team’s turnaround during the past two seasons, and I wish him the best as he continues his NFL career.”

In 130 career regular-season games, McGahee has rushed for 8,097 yards making him fourth among active running backs.  He also has 63 touchdowns and 202 receptions for 1,319 yards with five touchdowns.

The Broncos now have seven backs on the roster: Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, Lance Ball, Jacob Hester, Jeremiah Johnson and C.J. Anderson.

“You look at our running back situation and we’re in a good position there because we’ve got a lot guys that can play football,” Elway told fans last week at a sponsor appreciation event for 850 KOA. “We’ve got a lot of guys that are going to be good football players for us and possibly great.”

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