McGahee’s release reportedly about minimizing ri$k Lard

Good Morning/Afternoon, Broncos fans! It's been portrayed here and at Dove Valley that the release of Willis McGahee was mostly about getting younger and cheaper at the RB position.

John Fox even made a point of saying that the timing of the move was to allow Willis a chance to catch on with another squad, prompting suggestions that John Elway & Co. are just the classiest bunch around.

But according to Paul Klee, the team wasn't confident in the health of McGahee's injured right knee/leg.

Willis had been cleared to practice, and says he has no physical restrictions, but was only given very limited reps during last week's minicamp, prior to his release.

The logical conclusion from Klee's report is that the team may have been worried that the 31-year-old might suffer a reaggravation of the torn MCL and leg fracture that ended his 2012 season prematurely. In such a scenario, the team would have been stuck paying the entire $2.5M salary that McGahee had been due in 2013.

On Friday, Mike Klis reported that waiting to see that McGahee was able to practice saved the Broncos from a potential $500K injury settlement.

Respectful treatment of a veteran?

Klee's report would actually suggest quite the opposite.

Now, that's not to say the Broncos broke the rules, or even that they did the wrong thing. But we're pretty sure they didn't send Willis packing out of a sense of humanity.

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BTW, mark Klee down as expecting to see Ronnie Hillman as Denver's starting running back in September. Also, Tim Cowlishaw says health concerns will likely scare the Cowboys away from McGahee.

Steve Antonopulos will soon visit Ryan Clady to check on the progress of his shoulder; we're not buying Jeff Legwold's suggestion that Clady is a big concern or question mark, either physically or contractually.

Mike Klis takes his shot at figuring the arithmetic of how Peyton Manning will spread the ball around to his trio of top wideouts. Typically, Klis rewrites the realities of 2011, suggesting that Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas "each had breakout seasons in 2011." Mind you, they combined for 76 catches that season...

Some Zombie named Dennis tells Mark Kiszla that he wants to see McGahee and the Ultimate Teammate™ light up the Broncos in 2013.

Jason Lisk examines the limited precedent of drafted players like Montee Ball taking over as starting running backs with the departure of older backs like Willis McGahee. It's kind of a silly exercise, to be honest.

Von Miller spoke about hydration at a football camp in Cherry Creek, on behalf of Gatorade.

News

New technologies are hitting the market to help track how many head blows are suffered by athletes.

Richard Seymour says talks between him and the Falcons failed due to monetary differences.

Terrell Owens visited his pal Chad Johnson in jail yesterday.

Vladimir Putin issued a statement denying Robert Kraft's accusation that he stole the Pats owner's SB ring; Mike Tanier imagines the ring's ultimate fate.

Analysis

Since John Clayton thinks there's a new trend popping up around the NFL everyday, he says rushing the passer is more important than ever, with offenses looking to operate at a faster pace.

Now that the Bengals finally have some top young talent, Jason La Canfora says it's becoming time to make sure those players stick around.

Jason Fitzgerald presents his second video primer on caponomics, this time covering contract structure, cap numbers, and dead money.

Gary Myers wouldn't be surprised to see the UT™ get cut in August, while Rich Cimini reminds us the Broncos have $1.53M in cash coming their way from the LOLJets.

Father's Day/Miscellany

Eli Manning says Archie employed boxing gloves as an ingenius way of resolving conflicts amongst his three boys.

In honor of Father's Day, several notable NFL figures share the influences of their dads upon them with Clark Judge.

Dan Pompei's inclusion of Bob Slowik and sons among the league's best father/son combos figures to cost Pompei some credibility among Broncos fans who were around in 2007 and 2008.

Heisman-winning A&M QB Johnny Manziel tweeted last night that he "can't wait to leave College Station."

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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