BEREA — Veteran running back Willis McGahee is officially a member of the Browns.
McGahee signed a one-year contract with Cleveland after passing his physical Thursday, giving the team a replacement for Trent Richardson. He will wear No. 26 and is expected to practice today.
The 6-foot, 235-pounder was released by the Broncos in June after recovering from a torn medial collateral ligament and compression fracture in his right leg. The two-time Pro Bowl selection will turn 32 on Oct. 21.
After trading Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2014 first-round draft pick, the only running backs on Cleveland’s roster were Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey, neither of whom has a carry this season.
McGahee rushed for a team-high 731 yards in 10 games last year for Denver before suffering the season-ending knee injury on Nov. 18 against San Diego. His 8,097 career rushing yards rank 42nd in NFL history and are the fourth most among active players.
Buffalo made McGahee the No. 23 pick in the 2003 NFL Draft after his record-setting career at Miami (Fla.). He is one of two players, along with Ricky Watters, to rush for 1,000 yards in a season with three NFL teams, doing so with the Bills (2004-2005), Ravens (2007), and Broncos (2011).