It may be motivation, or it may be time to rebuild for the Buffalo Bills. Those are the only two reasons I can think of as to why head coach Dick Jauron would come out and say that no player is “untouchable” when it comes to trading them – including running back Willis McGahee. The team is coming off a season where a late surge put them in the playoff picture for a few weeks, which makes the comments of shopping McGahee even more interesting. Last season, playing hurt for part of the season, the back ran for 990 yards and six touchdowns. His average per carry sat at 3.8, the same as in 2005, and he averaged 70.7 yards per game.
Despite that, McGahee is the one true playmaker that Buffalo has, and but trading him for likely draft picks, the team would really have to consider how the fans would react as well as to what chance they have of actually competing in 2007. One team that would 100 percent be interested in McGahee would be the New York Giants, who lost their Pro Bowl back, Tiki Barber to retirement, and now will have to rely on untested Brandon Jacobs if they don’t go out and score a back in free agency or the draft.
When pressed about the issue, Jauron did not deny that McGhaee, along with the rest of the players on his team, are available for the right price. “It’s in our best interest to listen to everybody, and no people are untouchable,” Jauron said at the NFL’s annual scouting combine at Indianapolis on Monday. “He’s a good back. He’s our starting running back right now. It’s no surprise to me at all that people are interested.” Could that type of statement be true? Or is it Jauron’s way of saying to Willis – “get your act together and become the back we need you to be.”
One reason for the talk may be the rumors that the Bills are upset about the fact that he has been doing most of his offseason workouts in Miami, and not in Orchard Park. McGahee also got the franchise upset last month when he spoke that the team should consider moving out of Buffalo and to Toronto. For now, McGahee and the Bills should settle any differences that they may have and he should continue to be their star back. If they do actually want to move him, there will be plenty of suitors out there, starting with the Giants.