Willis McGahee has reportedly asked the Buffalo Bills to trade him if he is not their starting running back on opening day. According to the Associated Press, McGahee did not issue any type of ultimatum, but expressed his unhappiness at the prospect of playing second fiddle to starter Travis Henry. A Bills' spokesman denied the rumor and McGahee could not be reached for comment.
Hopefully this situation does not become a problem for the Bills. Henry is the clear starter right now, but McGahee is the obvious back of the future. The team was hoping for the two to peacefully coexist, sometimes even in the backfield at the same time, this year, but it looks like that may not happen. McGahee has little leverage other than the threat that he could become a clubhouse cancer, but this situation obviously bears watching closely. A starting spot for McGahee would send his fantasy value skyrocketing, but don't count on that happening, at least not early in the regular season.
This is a fanball report. As a Henry owner, I hope something comes of this even if I doubt it will.
Anyone else wonder how he can make this demand of a team that took a chance on him and paid him to rehab a college injury for a year?