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NFL notebook: Broncos release leading rusher McGahee

| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 7:42 p.m.

Willis McGahee's decision to skip offseason workouts isn't what cost the veteran running back his job with the Broncos.

His absence, however, did allow the organization to see ample promise in rookie Montee Ball and abundant progress from second-year speedster Ronnie Hillman.

That gave them the faith to put the football and their fortunes in the hands of the two young running backs Thursday by releasing McGahee, the 31-year-old bruiser who led them in rushing last season despite missing the final two months with a right knee injury.

The Broncos could have kept McGahee through training camp as an insurance policy against injury even if he wasn't going to vie for the starting job. Instead, they sent him on his way just before wrapping up their three-day mandatory minicamp where McGahee had gotten just a handful of handoffs.

“In fairness to him, I think (for) the things he's done for us, this gives him a better opportunity to hook on somewhere,” coach John Fox said. “It gives us a better opportunity to give some of these young guys more reps. It's just a conscious decision for us to get younger.”

Hours after releasing McGahee, the Broncos signed Ball, their second-round draft pick, along with cornerback Kayvon Webster, their third-round selection.

Peters arrested

Eagles offensive tackle and five-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters was arrested in Monroe early Wednesday morning after drag racing and resisting a police officer by flight, police said.

Peters' car exceeded speeds of 100 mph while police were in pursuit.

“We are aware of the reports that Jason Peters was arrested this morning in Louisiana,” the Eagles said in a statement.

Jackson joins Seahawks

ESPN reports quarterback Tavaris Jackson signed with the Seahawks. Jackson spent last season as the Bills' third-string quarterback after being traded by the Seahawks.

The Bills released him Monday.

Extra points

Quarterback Matt Barkley and the Eagles agreed on a four-year contract. Barkley was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft after a standout career at Southern California. ... The Titans agreed to terms with receiver Justin Hunter, their second-round draft selection. The 6-foot-3 Hunter spent three seasons at the University of Tennessee where he caught 106 passes for 1,812 yards and 18 touchdowns. ... The Buccaneers signed veteran free agent receiver Derek Hagan. The eighth-year pro has appeared in 83 games, mostly as a reserve, during his NFL career. He has 129 career receptions for 1,480 yards.

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