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.