Report: Ravens to cut Willis McGahee

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens will cut backup running back Willis McGahee to save $6 million in salary for 2011. But Preston also notes the team could try to bring back McGahee at a reduced rate.

Despite backing up starter Ray Rice, McGahee has been important to Baltimore's running game. He's the team's best short-yardage back and has scored 20 total touchdowns the past two seasons.

But McGahee's situation comes down to money and paying a backup $6 million just doesn't add up. Maybe the Ravens can convince McGahee to return at a reduced rate to help the Ravens compete for a championship. Maybe they can't and McGahee goes elsewhere. That's the risk Baltimore is reportedly willing to take.

The Ravens could also lose fullback Le'Ron McClain to free agency. So cutting McGahee could leave only one player (Rice) remaining from Baltimore's three-headed monster.