The Browns signed running back Willis McGahee to a one-year contract today after he passed a physical at the team’s headquarters, his agent, Chafie Fields, confirmed.
The team later announced the signing.
McGahee, 31, is expected to step in as the team’s primary running back after it traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday evening in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Entering this season McGahee ranked fourth in rushing yards among active NFL players since he entered the league in 2004. He made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2011.
But McGahee’s history of injuries also will follow him to Cleveland.
The Denver Broncos cut McGahee in June after he failed to attend any of their voluntary practices in May. He hasn’t played since Week 11 last season, when he tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee and fractured his lower right leg against the San Diego Chargers.
The 23rd overall pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2003, McGahee spent four seasons in Baltimore, three in Buffalo and two in Denver. In 2011, he gained 1,199 yards and scored four touchdowns.
He sat out the 2003 season after suffering one of football’s most horrific injuries in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State for the 2002 BCS championship. McGahee tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee against the Buckeyes. He tore the same ACL his senior year at Miami Central High School.
McGahee played for Browns coach Rob Chudzinski at the University of Miami. Chudzinski was the Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator.