Posted September 20, 2013

Willis McGahee replaces Trent Richardson on Browns’ roster

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Willis McGahee is coming a broken left suffered in Week 11 last season.

Willis McGahee is coming a broken leg and torn MCL suffered in Week 11 last season. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

After trading away Trent Richardson, the Cleveland Browns wasted little time nabbing his replacement. Ex-Bronco Willis McGahee signed with the team on Thursday after passing a physical, the NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington reported.

McGahee “plans to play Sunday,” per Darlington, but we’ll likely have to wait to see if the Browns are ready to rush him out there against Minnesota on three days prep. If he does not suit up, the Browns will choose between former Raven Bobby Rainey and Chris Ogbonnaya to handle the running back duties.

The 31-year-old McGahee posted 1,199 yards rushing for the Broncos in 2011 and was on his way to another 1,000-plus yard season in ’12 before suffering a broken leg and torn MCL. The Broncos released McGahee this summer, reportedly because he still was not back to 100 percent after those injuries.

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If he is back to full strength, however, he should see plenty of opportunities in the reworked Cleveland backfield — Brian Hoyer will start at QB on Sunday, in place of an injured Brandon Weeden.

The Browns’ decision to cast off Richardson was a shocking one, but a league scout offered a bit of an explanation to the NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks: “Scout told me that the RB is not necessarily a valued commodity in [head coach Rob Chudzinksi's] system,” Brooks wrote on Twitter. “Told me Chud could see it ‘like changing a tire.’”

So it may not matter who’s in the Cleveland backfield. But McGahee appears to have that job for the near future.

7 comments
CharlesTerrito
CharlesTerrito

Forget the trade, what I want to say to those sad sack Browns fans ,laughing out loud, you signed McGahee?  When he gets his cookies and cream, oh, man he runs good, when he don't, watch his antics, see his body language....At some point this crybaby of a complaining Running Back will disrespect all thing Cleveland!! He left Buffalo under so much darkness, that "cloud" is too visible a word to describe his departure. He wnet to Denver, a team with a demanding Head Coach, then with no alternative other than street life, he became a 'MATURE' RB. Fooled them as far as I say. Anyway, Cleveland beware of the snake in the grass, his name is 'WILLIS McGAHEE!' GO BILLS!!

joeshine730
joeshine730

wow the Browns quit on their season. Now the betting lines will show the Browns looking to lose every game for a better draft pick next year.  WOW

BlueSheen
BlueSheen

In an offensive system that doesn't plan on moving the ball anyway... who really cares who the running back is?

Phil22
Phil22

Good to see McGahee back in the league, he was a class act in Denver.

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HarshRealities
HarshRealities

Cleveland should be able to use their own #1 draft choice along with the one they just picked up as a package to move to the top of next years draft if they are so inclined.

anon76
anon76

@HarshRealities 

Doubt the Jags will be willing to give up the shot at a franchise QB, and unless the Steelers are even worse than they've looked, the Brown's own first rounder should be pretty close to the top anyway.