Willis McGahee has become a secondary option to Ray Rice in Baltimore’s backfield, but the Ravens have no intention of cutting him loose, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
At the end of the season, some believed McGahee’s diminished role, his desire to be a featured back and his $3.6 million salary for 2010 could lead to his departure. But the Ravens are comfortable with the situation after some organizational meetings, and they value McGahee’s presence and ability to provide a counter-punch to Rice.
As a team that has taken a run-heavy approach as quarterback Joe Flacco develops, the Ravens know it’s imperative to have numerous options in the backfield.
McGahee spotted Rice and was a key component in the red zone, scoring 12 touchdowns and averaging an impressive 5 yards per carry. McGahee, acquired from the Bills in 2007, started only one game in 2009, but he accounted for 14 touchdowns (two receiving) and definitely has value within the organization.
The Ravens also remain hopeful that Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, who has battled several significant injuries in recent years, will return in 2010.
Baltimore continues to seek help at the wide receiver position as well and still could re-sign potential unrestricted free agents Derrick Mason and Kelley Washington while also seeking a top-tier wideout to diversify the offense and help hasten Flacco’s development.