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

By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 5:18 pm in Oakland 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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  • J Hill

    Arthur Jones is another player to look at in free agency.

  • Chino

    Andy dalton type would have us over .500. Shoot maybe even a tannehill caliber qb

  • Chino

    Hey he got us new computers. Baby steps

  • R8erEduc8er

    Wilson. That crowd is gonna rock him to a good game.

  • aig-raiders

    Davey Jones and JFB I saw both of your posts below, so you guys think Manziel will out do McGloin’s first 5 games stats next year. Let’s do it. A friendly $50 to each of you.
    I will put McG’s first 5 games stats vs Manziel’s first 5 games stats next year. Yds passing, TDs, Ints and leading NFL in 25+ yds completions through Manziel’s first 5 games. Put Your Money Where Your Keyboard is Gentlemen? We will count each category as a point. If Manziel beats him in 3 out of those 4 categories, you win. if not, you lose. Because you’re saying Manziel is better than McG I am sure. Deal?

  • RaiderLen

    Drafting a 1st round QB isn’t a guarantee that you have a QB. History proves this.

    Reaching is ill advised with a Team that has so many needs.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Chiefs D

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

    Bringing Pryor into this is weak, this D has failed too much

  • Chino

    Big Ben and Miami

  • the authoritative dr robert

    That’s what u dolts said about McG. He’s been sacked five times in 5+ games. U don’t get it at all.

  • the authoritative dr robert

    Pryor was at fault for most of his 29 sacks.

  • J Hill

    porter, jenkins, adams, and chekwa are all FAs next year. Same with Usama Young.

    safe to say there will be some turnover in the secondary next season.

  • Raider Rick

    LMAO..exactly so why would we draft Bridgewater with his 190 lb frame and skinny legs? Jenkins was a qb in college. we have him already. We need Clowney period. Or we’ll be sittin here next year with Mariota or whoever struggling talkin bout we need a pass rusher man, damn! lol DEFENSE first im tellin you…..

  • Christian W

    I was wondering…I’m not a cap knowing person but can you use the cap money to hire hc? or does that only applied to players?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yeth.

  • aig-raiders

    Then we would have scored 38 points. Oh yeah, we score that on a consistent basis in the last 10 yrs. Dude where have I been and did I miss watching these Raider games

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

    So your bet aside, if manziel is there you wouldn’t get him?

  • SnBG

    Players only.

  • Raider Rick
  • Chino

    I liked Adams. Oh well. They played well for a while too what a bummer. If only our dline created pressure once in a while.

  • william banks

    I’LL be a dolt and you are the greatest and know it all.LMFAO.I wish you were our QB then maybe you would finally get it.

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

    I don’t see much in the top 15 that’s going to make difference

  • aig-raiders

    No sir. Because we are giving up 31 points per game these last 5 weeks. Manziel would have to score 32 points per game and aint no rookie doing that.

  • SnBG

    Team salary includes the amount a team pays its current or former players under their player contracts. The Salary Cap does NOT include pay to coaches, assistants, trainers, or other team employees. Only the highest 51 player salaries for a team count against the Salary Cap in the offseason while ALL player salaries of a team count in calculating the team total Salary Cap during the season.

  • Raider Rick
  • DutchRaid

    Kinda funny, how about a player coach? Woodson is the assistant Defensive backs coach, half of his salary is coach and the other half is player…

  • DJ Johnny

    Do you guys notice any connection to Usama Young being gone and our defense taking a nose dive?
    I know Ross is rated (per PFF) as the worst safety in the league.

  • william banks

    In your world Pryor is always at fault but,in the real world Pryor has a Great Offensive Line in front of him.–Priceless.

  • Raider Rick

    Its the Branch factor also….Usama gets hurt alot though

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Please we’ve been down this road before. Carroll went to Seattle cuz of $$. Ya think he cared that Mora was gone after a year? We got Gruden after 1 year of Bugel, and only gave 2 years to Mike White. I guarantee you Jax is not regretting let Mike Murlarkey go. Houston fired Kubiak after back to back division championships. With the cap space & only a 4-12 record to improve on, a GM is going to like those options

  • SnBG

    Honey baby here. I started the talk last night when I suggested that you all draft my man Bortles.

  • aig-raiders

    We have to get to the opposing team QB without relying on the all out blitz. That is the most important thing we have to prove this offseason imho.

  • Raideraholic

    Mark Davis-

    Born on third base. Thinks he hit a triple.

  • Davy Jones

    I’m basically down, and will do it your way if you want. But here’s a few modifications to your bet that I’d like: 1. Leading the NFL in completions of over 25+ for five games is meaningless. I’d rather see a QB toss 20 short TDs than 10 long bombs that ended in FGs and punts any day. Let’s keep it to yards, TDs, (rushing and passing ;-) ) and INTs. 2. What about betting on both of their performances next year? After all, this is about who would be better for the Raiders next year. I SHOULD do it your way- McGloin will be on a vastly improved Raider team next year, and 8TDs and 7INTs is not a high threshold. BUT, I’d be a lot happier losing $50 bucks watching Matt McGloin tear it up for the Raiders on a winning streak than remembering what he did on a losing streak. And that would give McGloin an advantage as a second year player with a vastly improved team . . . wouldn’t it?

  • Ron69

    Last year was Giordano this year it was Ross, Sorry but is not the way you build your defense with, i mean a CB converted to SS who takes too much time to read and react.

  • DJ Johnny

    Matt Schaub could. At least any year outside of this one.
    Nobody seems to be biting on my Schaub cheerleading.

  • Davy Jones

    Of course, Manziel has to start. And you don’t care where he ends up? Not going to b*tch out if he goes to a solid team?

  • RaiderLen

    Can’t criticize someone for having been born into a circumstance. I don’t get the impression that Mark thinks He’s all that.

    To Quote….”I know what I don’t know.” Sounds pretty self aware too me.

  • Raideraholic

    I agree to an extent but there are several instances where he has spoiled rich kid syndrome.

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

    Bortles beat bridgewaters , so who’s 1st in the draft?

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    Romo was the last real Raider, he was a goon that would
    Smack the crap out of frauds like Warren Sapp. Real idiot. But loyal to the Shield. Miss those types. Romo. Tooz, Alzado, Howie, some imposters out there now.

  • Ron69

    As long as Ross stays away from the team. i’d feel a lot better.
    Seriously Young and Jenkins are decent players, Porter gives one good game then another awful one,.too inconsistent and Woodson age is finally catching him up sadly.

  • c2e

    I think Reggie will stay but DA will be gone if there are 2 decisive defeats. Prospective coaches will not be deterred with the revolving door given the cap room and draft picks. Biggest hurdle will be whether they are given any personnel decisions, which is unlikely.

  • RaiderLen

    Probably, but in running the organization I’m not aware of any such behavior.

    Most Young “entitled” Kids flex those muscles.

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

    Like I said, I don’t see a impact defensive player in top 15, why not take manziel ? We already know Mcgloin has what it takes, we now have 2 commodities to barter with

  • SnBG

    So we could be going for our 19th coach according to some in the press.19 HCs, Really. Seriously.

  • DutchRaid

    Seriously, if I had it my way Art Shell would never have been fired…Lol

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

    Don’t tell me your biting on the circus clown?

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

    Things are a little unbalanced in California

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Mariota or Clowney if in the top 4 picks.
    Barr, Mack, or Watkins if in the 5th- 10th position.

    We trade out of the top ten, then Ebron, Robinson, Murphy, Nix, Donald.

    Joyner late 2nd or our 3rd.