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Both Willis McGahee (due $2.5 million) and Knowshon Moreno (due $1.7 million) are under contract for 2013, but who will start?
Perhaps more importantly, will both of them even return?
McGahee enjoyed a lot of success in Year 1 with the Broncos, rushing for 1,119 yards and four scores while helping the Broncos to lead the league on the ground in 2011. This season, however, McGahee struggled with ball security (fumbling five times), and he went down with a serious injury in Week 11, ending his season.
Moreno took over in McGahee's place and has been on fire since then, rushing for 481 yards and scoring three touchdowns. Running with authority and power, Moreno has proved that he deserves a chance to be Denver's feature back of the future.
So, will the Broncos even bring back McGahee? Youngster Ronnie Hillman has provided a nice change of pace to Moreno's style, and Jacob Hester has evolved into the team's short-yardage option, eliminating the need for McGahee.
Ultimately, the offense hasn't missed McGahee this season, which could result in the 11th-year veteran being cast away next offseason.