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McGahee Staying Out Of Trade Rumors

Trade rumors intensified when McGahee didn’t play a snap in the Ravens win last Saturday.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 10:01 am | Categories: Mike Duffy

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Even though Willis McGahee’s name is being mentioned in trade rumors, he’s trying not paying attention to the chatter.

“You can’t look into everything because I was supposed to get traded last year,” McGahee said. “I go with the flow. You can’t worry about it. If it is, it’s a business.”

The scrutiny recently intensified when McGahee didn’t play a snap in the Ravens’ 24-10 win over the New York Giants last Saturday.

Pundits questioned whether the Ravens were sitting McGahee to protect him from injury should a trade be in the works.

Head Coach John Harbaugh said that McGahee was simply given a veteran’s rest.

“We just don’t need to play those guys every single week,” Harbaugh said after the game.  ”Willis has gotten reps.  He may or may not get some reps next week.  I don’t think we need to see what Willis McGahee can do.  He’s touched the ball during the preseason. He does in practice. He’s a veteran, and we don’t need a lot of reps from him.”

Regardless, McGahee, whom the Ravens acquired from the Buffalo Bills in 2007 for a third- and seventh-round draft pick, lets the speculation slide off his back.

“That’s a good question,” he told reporters when asked if he expected to be traded.  ”I don’t know. Nobody’s told me nothing.  I’m in the dark, just like you.  If you know something, you tell me.

“Anything can happen. If they do, they do.  I’m not going to sit around and cry about it.”

At this point, McGahee gives the Ravens a proven playmaker behind starter Ray Rice. The former Pro Bowler tied a franchise record last year with 14 total touchdowns, picking up many of them with tough runs between the tackles.

With McGahee on board, the Ravens would have a running position deep and tough enough for a playoff run.

“I’m a postseason guy,” McGahee said. “Playoff time, you know what time it is. Mr. January, hopefully Mr. February. We all know I’m crushing in January.”

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