Wednesday, March 31, 2010

McGahee wants to start

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Some might say that Willis McGahee is an expensive luxury as a backup. In 2010 McGahee is set to earn $3.6 million and if 2009 is any indication, McGahee will earn roughly $36,000 per carry – not bad work if you can get it. Ray Rice on the other hand will earn a little less than $400,000.

The big picture however suggests that the Ravens will get great value from the position on whole and that’s exactly how the club is viewing it. While McGahee’s price tag is hardly a bargain the returns that Rice provides makes that $3.6 million bitter pill a bit easier to swallow.

Last week we had an exclusive interview with Willis McGahee that caught the attention of ESPN Insider. Here’s what they had to say:

Over the weekend, a captivating -- if quite loose -- rumor made the rounds, the crux of which is that a former Pro Bowl RB could be on the move. Initial speculation was that it could be Marion Barber, but we also thought that Marshawn Lynch, Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee made sense, given that they were involved in trade rumors earlier this offseason.

McGahee had an interview with Tony Lombardi of Pro Football 24x7 recently, and said that "I know that inside I am still a starter-quality back without question. I just want to play and help my team get to a Super Bowl in whatever capacity I can." The second sentence seems to indicate that he's OK with playing second fiddle to Ray Rice in Baltimore, but the first sentence seems to indicate that perhaps he'd like a chance to be top dog again, possibly somewhere else.

Going strictly on need -- and not taking into account McGahee's contract or the personality concerns in adding a new RB to an NFL locker room -- we could see the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers showing a bit of interest in Willis.

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Jeff said...

I think Rice should start. Has anyone seen the Ray Rice interview on He recently attended a charity fundraiser in NYC and took the time to answer a few questions.