Willis McGahee is now one of the hottest commodities on the NFL Free Agent market after the veteran running back was released by the Denver Broncos earlier on Thursday.
Although it’s still pretty early and McGahee is not expected to make a decision immediately, it is interesting that he would want to sign with Oakland, a former division rival.
McGahee, who turns 32 years old in October, suffered a season-ending injury in Week 11 last season after being the No. 1 running back for much of the year. Still, he racked up a respectable 731 yards and four touchdowns on 167 carries.
Drafted in 2003, he spent three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, four with the Baltimore Ravens, and the last two with the Denver Broncos. He has recoded 1000-plus yards in four different seasons throughout his career.
If he were to sign with the Raiders, McGahee would be an instant upgrade to Rashad Jennings to fill the backup running back position behind Darren McFadden.
The Raiders signed Jennings to a one-year deal earlier this offseason. In 10 games last season as Maurice Jones-Drew’s backup, he recorded 101 carries for 283 yards and two touchdowns.
If McFadden goes down with a injury, the load would be put squarely on Jennings’ shoulders, which is a position that he has seldom been in.
So it would be hard to argue against going with McGahee, who has consistently put up solid numbers as a dependable running back throughout his career.
Now, whether or not the Raiders have enough cap room to sign him is an entirely different question.
The only thing we know is that McGahee has been released, and really wants to play again.
“I will keep playing,” he told Anderson. “I don’t feel like I have to go out there and say what I have left. I know what I can do. I’m not worried about it. Once I get the opportunity it will be all good.”