Thursday, June 13, 2013
Montee Ball reacts to McGahee cut
By Bill Williamson
On the day the Denver Broncos cut veteran running back Willis McGahee, they signed his replacement.
Denver signed running back Montee Ball -- the team's second-round pick -- and cornerback Kayvon Webster -- the team's third-round pick. Denver’s lone remaining unsigned draft pick is first-round pick Sylvester Williams.
Ball is expected to be the team’s starter, though, he was sorry to see McGahee go.
“It’s a business. I had nothing to do with it,” Ball said. “The couple days I had with McGahee were kind of special because the guy is a great man. He’s a great man and I most definitely wish him the best. Like I said, it’s a business and this program is going to most definitely stay on track.”
Meanwhile, McGahee told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that San Diego and Oakland are on his initial list of his preferred teams to play for. Denver cut the running back Thursday morning.
In other AFC West notes:
- There are a total of five unsigned draft picks in the AFC West. In addition to Williams, they are Kansas City tackle Eric Fisher and Oakland cornerback D.J. Hayden, tackle Menelik Watson and quarterback Tyler Wilson. All should easily be signed by the start of training camp late next month.
- Oakland signed third-round pick, linebacker Sio Moore. The Connecticut product has a chance to start, or at least be a major contributor. He is the seventh of 10 Oakland draft picks to sign.
- Like the Broncos did last year, the Chiefs are putting their playbooks on iPads for players. It was received with rave reviews in Denver last year. It is just a matter of time before every NFL team uses the system.
- Former Oakland receiver Derek Hagan signed with the Buccaneers.