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Two key prospective free agents eager to re-sign with Raiders

First came running back Rashad Jennings, then safety Charles Woodson. Now comes word from Darren McFadden that he, too, wants to keep playing for the Raiders beyond this season.
“I would love to be a Raider next year,” McFadden said Wednesday, shortly after he practiced for the first time since he hurt an ankle against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. “But, like I said, I can only focus on the things that I can control. I have to let everybody else handle that.”
Woodson said after the Raiders ugly loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday that, if anything, the way things went that day and of late make him even more certain that he wants to return next season.
Woodson is at the tail end of his NFL career, one destined to end with his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He comes cheap, provides great leadership, mentors his teammates and seldom misses games.
McFadden, on the other hand, has missed 29 games in his six NFL seasons, all with the Raiders. He rushed seven times in the past seven games, primarily because hamstring and ankle injuries prevented him from playing.
General manager Reggie McKenzie has plenty of money to bring back any and all of his prospective free agents, of which there are many. Woodson seems like a slam dunk when you take into account everything he brings to the equation.
McFadden, meanwhile, is a risk-reward type of player. When he’s right — meaning, healthy — he has the versatility and talent to be one of the league’s best all-around backs.
Therein lies the rub. McFadden missed at least three games in every one of his six seasons with the Raiders, and he rushed for 1,000 yards or more only once. In fact, he rushed for 707 yards or fewer in his five other seasons.
For now, coach Dennis Allen said, Rashad Jennings is the starting running back. Jennings, too, said earlier this month that re-signing with the Raiders is his first choice.
That, by itself, might be enough for McKenzie to close the book on McFadden and move forward with Jennings and rookie Latavius Murray.
McKenzie certainly isn’t about to throw a ton of money at McFadden given his injury history. If anything, he might offer a contract light on years and heavy on incentives — playing time, touches, statistical goals achieved, etc.
McFadden has two more games to bolster his case, this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers and against the Denver Broncos in the regular-season finale.
“I would love to” showcase my talents these last two games, McFadden said. “That’s one of my things, finishing hard. I know once I’m out there playing hard, I know what I can do. So, I don’t let the other things creep into my mind.”

– Linebacker Miles Burris (ankle), left guard Lucas Nix (illness), defensive tackle Vance Walker (concussion), Woodson (ribs) and running back Jeremy Stewart (ankle, knee) did not practice.
Allen said it “looks that way,” when asked if Walker is a ways off from returning.

– Terrelle Pryor started at quarterback for the Raiders against the Chargers the first time the teams played, Oct. 6. In many ways, that was Pryor’s best game as an NFL player.
No matter, it’s Matt McGloin who is getting the start this Sunday. Still, Chargers coach Mike McCoy said, the Chargers are preparing for Pryor and McGloin.
“Well, you always have a plan for both,” McCoy said. “You only have so many snaps in practice, but we’ve got a good plan in place through Wednesday obviously. And we’ll continue to build our plan the next two days. (Chargers defensive coordinator) John Pagano and the staff put a good plan together.”

– McGloin is fresh from a game in which he had four passes intercepted, failed to fall on a bad snap from center Stefen Wisniewski and played a key role in the Chiefs beating the Raiders 56-31.
He knows that without having to be reminded. And no one is going to accuse McGloin of taking a loss or substandard play lightly. Quite the contrary. His teammates say McGloin, like Pryor, is quite hard on himself.
“I don’t think words are really necessary,” McGloin said. “I don’t need someone to tell me, ‘Hey, pick it up,’ or anything like that. I am hard on myself sometimes, but that’s our approach as an offense.
“Everybody knows when they make mistakes. Everyone wants to be perfect. And that’s something I do and everybody does is strive to be the best that you can be. But guys do that. Obviously. the older guys that I look up to will pat me on the back of the helmet. They’ll tell me, ‘Hey, let’s get going here,’ every now and then. Like I said, as much as I know it, I do like it when they do it. It shows me that they care and they want to see me get better.”

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  • AutumnThunderstorm

    CBS sports now has Matthews, OT number one overall.

  • Davy Jones

    Other than the lack of a Peyton type sure thing, I think the timing is excellent. You have a huge amount of FA money to fill your other needs. A lot of QBs with a first round grade. Maybe you trade back a little, maybe you trade up from the 2nd round to get better value. Meanwhile, I’m trying to imagine when the timing will be better in the future. When we draft in the top ten again? Aren’t we trying to avoid that very scenario?

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Mortensen said this morning he thinks he will be canned.
    Not his opinion on whether he should or not, just that he thinks he will.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    2nd

  • Raideraholic

    Fouts is still bitter about his playing days against the Raiders, he wants us to be unsuccessful. He takes sick pride in it.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    That would be a mistake. I watched him a lot this year, watched more A & M ball then any other team probably, he I honestly thought the RT was better.
    Matthews doesn’t pitch shutouts all game like Joeckel did.

  • Davy Jones

    Go Obama. Stick it to that KGB f*cker. Long Live P*ssy Riot! ;-)

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Oppose

  • RaiderLen

    That’s really the only way I see it working out.

  • Chino

    Oh man and Olsen has a bit of a lisp. And then you have DA and reg holy cow

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    So you’re saying he’s deliberately offering advice he believes wrong because of our rivalry with a team he played for two decades ago? Really?

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I think most of Raider fans actually enjoy his intensity.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Nonsense.

  • Davy Jones

    Good.

  • http://AdvoCare.com/ Till death do us part

    Thanks jumpin , didn’t know with the new format

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    I think he flipped off a ref for a penalty that ultimately was overturned, and his defense has went in the tank ever since.
    “Intensity” is for little people with complexes.

  • Chino

    And friar tuck as our owner! How could I forget.. How are we supposed to attract free agents

  • DutchRaid

    Yo Geniuses:
    So FF playoff…would you start Russell Wilson at home against the Cardinals or Big Ben at GB?
    Also, Chiefs defense at home against the Colts or Miami’s defense on the road against the Bills (no Manuel)

  • Davy Jones

    Fouts is pretty classy. Tom Jackson he isn’t.

  • TrevJo

    Tui was a late 2nd round pick, I don’t see how that’s relevant to the discussion of having to pick a QB in the 1st. Anyway we’re 0 for 2. Bottom line, IT’S ABOUT THE PLAYER. Yes teams have made mistakes passing on certain QBs, just like they’ve made mistakes passing on players at every position. Chargers didn’t ultimately do themselves any favors by drafting Brees. Packers didn’t even need a QB when they took Rodgers. Taking a QB in the 1st just because we don’t have one and we eventually need one is missing the point of how to draft. Whoever we pick (this year, next year, whenever) has to have the goods and that’s up to (mostly) Reggie to make that difficult call.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Whenever I see Tom Jackson running us down, I just remind myself how much better Denver’s defense got after Jackson retired.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Wilson at home all day

  • TrevJo

    “Other than the lack of a” QB worthy of a top 5 pick, there is nothing to discuss, lol

  • SnBG

    Snake should be in the Hall and Plunkett won 2 SBs, he should also. Warner gets a lot of HOF talk and he won one. If Warner gets in Plunkett should also.

  • Breaking_Black

    Lol. Revenge of the Nerds.

  • Davy Jones

    Torture fellow Raider fans with useless recriminations?

    Why indeed.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    DA is already gone.

    If the Raiders continue to humiliate themselves on the way to another 4-12 disaster, Mark will have no choice but to admit his mistake and move forward with a new GM.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I agree with you jfb, just pointing it out, the more interesting thing is they have Bridgewater down to 8th overall, still top qb though.

  • SnBG

    Are you being discriminatory to a speech impediment?

  • rifflicks

    and then there are the people who are content to follow the herd thru life as yes men and A$$ Kissers who have no concept of passion, but would rather dismiss it as a failing

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Mark fires Reggie, he wouldn’t be able to sign anyone reputable to be GM or head coach.

  • SnBG

    3rd

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Lol

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    BS.

    Money talks.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • Raideraholic

    He may not be as bitter as some of the other guys like Shannahan, but I have listened to him commentate several Raider games. I think it is more than fair to say that there is some bitter losses he experienced when he was a Charger that still reside down deep with him. I have heard him say things “jokingly” about what goes around comes around etc; You know what they say-There’s truth to every joke.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    $70,000,000.00

  • http://AdvoCare.com/ Till death do us part

    Revelations , coming hard and fast !

  • RaiderLen

    Exactly.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    But qbs don’t win games (or Super Bowls).

    Teams do.

  • SnBG

    If we had a good to great QB we would have beat the Jets and could have been 7-9 because Pryor would not have played and lost us 2 games.

  • DutchRaid

    Do you think we should draft another OT in rounds 2-3? Or resign Veldy and throw Pashos, Barnes, Watson and McCants at the RT spot?

  • Chino

    Not at all just threw me off guard. I always thought he looked like a raider coach with maybe a low toned, raspy voice. Then you hear him and its like woah

  • PlunkforHOF

    +One million

  • Davy Jones

    It’s relevant to the discussion because it demonstrates that the team hasn’t really tried to draft QBs in over 20 years. That is an Al Davis trend to get rid of. I agree that you have to consider each pick, and that draft day circumstances can change everything. But always drafting BPA is a mistake too. You have to draft for need, and QB is a big need for this team for a long time. If I’m Reggie and my job is on the line, I’m making sure I’ve got a QB even if I have to burn a 1st to do it. He needs another QB prospect in case McGloin isn’t all that. Who’s better, the 1st round QBs, or Jay Cutler? Can you even name the next best FA QB after Cutler?
    Everything else you can find more easily in FA and the later rounds.

  • Chino

    50,000,000 after signing our own

  • the authoritative dr robert

    As a genius, I do not have time to think about such things.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    A stable work environment and a chance to finish what they start is more important to qualified GM candidates. If Mark were to fire Reggie, he would prove that Oakland offers neither.

  • FourMoreYears

    I wonder what Brian Boitano would do if he were here right now. He’d probably kick an a$$ or two, that’s what Brian Boitano’d do.

  • Raideraholic

    lol
    I’m just saying I would take his Raider opinion with a grain of salt. fair?

  • william banks

    Yeah right,I would have love to see Peyton Manning playing for us during that Kansas City game when our GREAT OFFENSIVE LINE allowed 10 sacks to Pryor.Peyton Manning would be out for the year if that was him at QB.