Willis McGahee released by Broncos

Finally pulling the trigger on something that many long-suspected could happen, the Denver Broncos have released veteran running back Willis McGahee.

While McGahee had given the Broncos years of meritorious service, in recent seasons he had been hampered by injuries and slowed performance. Add that to a backfield that has become increasingly crowded and the 31-year-old rusher became expendable.

It turns out to be good news for Montee Ball, the team’s second-round pick in 2013. Denver’s coaching staff has been high on the Wisconsin product and McGahee’s release clears the way for Ball to assert himself as the starter this season. He will have help, of course. The Broncos will use Ronnie Hillman as a third-down option and there is still the oft-injured Knowshon Moreno hanging around to take carries. But for now, Ball appears to have the inside track to the gig. Just another reason he looks to be a quality sleeper option in plenty of leagues this season.

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