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Denver Broncos have released running-back Willis McGahee ahead of the new season.

Speculation had been surrounding the future of McGahee after the Broncos used a high draft pick to select another running back.

The 31-year old led the team in rushing last season despite missing the last two months through injury and Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway said it's said to see McGahee leave.

It's never easy to part ways with a veteran player who made so many positive contributions to our team and community," Elway said in a statement Thursday.

"I appreciate all of the competitiveness, toughness and leadership Willis brought to the Broncos. He was an integral part of our team's turnaround during the past two seasons, and I wish him the best as he continues his NFL career."

McGahee decided he wouldn't take part in the team's three weeks of voluntary workouts this Spring despite the introduction of Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman who would have been rivals for his position.

After arriving at the Branco's compulsory minicamp on Tuesday, McGahee said he skipped the voluntary training for family reasons. He also insisted he would still be the starter come September and suggested that missing the ten workouts didn't put him at a disadvantage against the younger members of the squad.

"I probably would have been behind the 8-ball either way," he said Tuesday. "Younger group. Just being real, right?"

The veteran in his 11th season in NFL should attract interest across the league despite nearing age the age of 32.

He tore the ligament in his right knee in November, which caused him to miss the rest of the season but still led the team with 731 yards of rushing.


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