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The Ravens and Bills agreed to a trade Thursday that will send running back Willis McGahee to Baltimore in exchange for the team's third and seventh-round picks in this year's draft, along with the Ravens' third-round pick in 2008, league sources told ESPN.com.


Buffalo dealt McGahee in anticipation of difficulty with his contract, which has one season remaining at $2.155 million. The Ravens and McGahee have already begun negotiations on a contract extension, McGahee's agent Drew Rosenhaus said.


It's the second year in a row the Ravens pulled off a trade for a marquee veteran. Last year they dealt for Tennesnee Titans quarteback Steve McNair, who led the Ravens to the AFC North title.


The Titans were also reportedly interested in dealing for McGahee.


Buffalo, whose remaining running backs are Daimon Shelton and Shaud Williams, is now in the market for multiple running backs. They have shown interest in the Colts' Dominic Rhodes and the Titans' Chris Brown , and both have visited the team. Former Patriots running back Corey Dillon has not visited Orchard Park, but the Bills are said to be interested.


Buffalo's first-round pick out of Miami in 2003, McGahee is coming off a down season in which he finished with a career-low 990 yards rushing, but led the team with six touchdowns rushing in 14 starts.


In 2005, he had 1,247 yards rushing and five touchdowns in 15 starts. He established himself as the Bills starter in 2004 with 1,128 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns in 11 starts. That performance led the team to trade former starter Travis Henry to Tennessee the following summer.

McGahee sat out his rookie season recovering from major knee surgery.

The Bills have been disappointed in McGahee for conducting most of his offseason workouts in his native Miami, rather than traveling to the team's Orchard Park headquarters. McGahee also created a stir when he was quoted in a magazine article suggesting the NFL consider moving the Bills to Toronto, a comment he later said was taken out of context.

ESPN.com senior writers Michael Smith and Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press contributed to this report
 

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my second team is the ravens, behind the broncos. i'm not real fond of this pickup. i don't see what he can do to help steve mcnair, or the offense in general. he's a cutback runner, not a power or downhill back like they are used to. but, i'm no gm. and ozzie newsome seems to know his game.
 

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I like the Baltimore team but I would have rather had Jamal Lewis, maybe trade around and get a better QB, McNair is ok but they need someone who can lead them. McNair is nowhere near the QB he was around 99-00. I thought Boller was going to be ok but they get Air WobbleBall McNair and take all Boller's hard work away from him. I remember one game last year in Baltimore when McNair went down and Boller came in the crowd went wild, they like the guy.
 

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your right geeb. baltimore liked winning. but they really like kyle boller. i was one of them. i think the guy has alot of talent being wasted. he needs a good quarterback coach. my dentist is in baltimore, right near the stadium. his son did a photo shoot on boller, personal level. said all his colleagues were upset boller didn't get more time.

imagine sitting down at mcdonalds and having a big mac with a pro quarterback. my dentist son did. said boller was still a kid at heart, but amazed him with his knowlegde of the game.
 
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