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“Highly Unlikely” Denver Keeps Both Willis McGahee & Knowshon Moreno

Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes that barring an injury, it’s “highly unlikely” that both Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno will make the Broncos 53-man roster.

Denver has drafted RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman in back-to-back seasons, using a second and third-round pick on them respectively.

Klis adds that the Broncos ideal scenario would be for Ball and Hillman to operate as their “one-two running punch” this season.

McGahee, 31, is set to make $2.5 million for the upcoming season and comes with much more mileage. Moreno, on the other hand, is still only 26-years-old and will make only $1.7 million in 2013, but the downside with him is that his skill set and size is closer to Ball and Hillman. Conversely, McGahee is a bigger back that’s capable of being effective in the passing game and could see carries around the goal line if needed.

In recent years, the older running back has been the one to get cut loose, but there’s a chance that McGahee’s skill set and size, paired with multiple disappointing seasons from Moreno, could be enough to convince the Broncos to keep him around for another season.

  • You’re not a Bronco fan, are ya? Hillman couldn’t break the line in the playoffs…. if the Broncos didn’t lose Moreno – we’d be the champs…. a lot of writers that don’t watch the Broncos ASS-U-ME the Broncos lost because of our DBs – It was because of the RB position. all 4 running backs will play… Hillman will be in on passing plays, Ball will be in from time to time unless he shows the coaches he should be in there more…. and McGahee and Moreno are safe…. they both showed last year they deserve to start ANYWHERE. …. I’m curious if the Broncos will have TWO BALLS – lol…. you didn’t mention Lance Ball – ouch, his name hurts – lol…. the last I heard, he’s on the team.
    BRING BACK TEBOW ELWAY – YOUR FANS WILL LOVE YOU AGAIN…. CAUSE RIGHT NOW, TEBOW IS NOT GETTING ANY ATTENTION – A LOT HAS TO DO WITH HOW YOU TREATED HIM – BRING HIM BACK, TEACH HIM…. THE KID HAS CHARACTER YOU CAN’T TEACH AND IF HE HAS ANY PROBLEMS, THOSE ARE THINGS YOU CAN FIX, RIGHT? OR ARE YOU SCARED MR. ELWAY? YOU’RE A FATHER, IF YOUR KIDS DON’T PLAY SPORTS THE WAY YOU WANT THEM TO, ARE YOU GONNA GIVE UP ON THEM? BRING BACK TEBOW – FEEL THE LOVE!!!!

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      Mike,

      I’m sorry for not mentioning Lance Ball. He is of course on their roster, but I instead chose to focus last year’s No. 1 RB in McGahee as well as their recent draft picks.

      The suggestion that McGahee or Moreno could be cut loose comes from a very respectable writer in Mike Klis, so it’s not as though I crafted this idea on my own.

      I guess we’ll have to see if Denver keeps both McGahee and Moreno, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that one of them is cut loose.

      Thanks for the comment.

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