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Ravens running back Willis McGahee’s status in Baltimore is unclear.
Baltimore had to share carries between backs Ray Rice, McGahee and fullback Le’Ron McClain. Does a supplemental role warrant the $3.6 million McGahee is reportedly due to earn for the contract he signed in 2006?
“The plan is to be back, but it all depends on how they want to handle it,” he said.
But with Rice emerging as the explosive dual-threat playmaker the Ravens envisioned when they drafted him in the second round two years ago, McGahee’s role moving forward is murky.
The touchdown machine – he ran for 14 on the season, tied for fourth in the league – took a back seat to starter Rice without public protest, but he finished with a career-low 544 rushing yards on 109 attempts.
As he cleaned out his locker following Saturday’s 20-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, McGahee continued to have a sunny disposition about his role.
“I felt pretty good about it. I can’t complain,” he said of his production. “We had a good run, but it just ended too soon. I had fun.
“There was some more left on the table, but it is what it is. You just have to go on [with] what they give you.”