From the National Football Post:
Due to his high salary, the Baltimore Ravens are still expected to eventually part ways with running back Willis McGahee via release or trade.A pay cut is unlikely to be accepted, and McGahee is due $6 million next season. Plus, the Ravens have former Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice as their featured back.
“We don’t expect to be back unless they’ll pay him his contract,” agent Drew Rosenhaus said during a television appearance.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh recently said the team won’t make a final resolution on cutting or keeping the former Pro Bowl running back until the collective bargaining agreement and salary cap situation are resolved.
Harbaugh was noncommittal on whether the team will retain him.
McGahee rushed for a career-low 380 yards and five touchdowns on 100 carries last season. He averaged only 3.8 yards per carry.
“Willis McGahee can play,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a good person, a hard worker, a leader on our team. I’m a big fan of Willis McGahee.”
Harbaugh’s comments are the kiss of death. Whenever he says what a fan he is of a certain player usually means he’s headed out the door.
The discussion about McGahee’s price tag has been going on for the past several seasons now. He’s definitely overpriced considering his role with the team. But with the status of Le’Ron McClain in doubt you’d have to wonder what direction the team will go in to find a backup to Ray Rice.
Do they look for a late draft choice, take a look at free agency, or go in house and give Jalen Parmele a hard look? Either way it appears that McGahee’s tenure is finished in Baltimore.