McFadden officially back with Raiders for seventh season


The Raiders on Saturday finalized a one-year contract with running back Darren McFadden that keeps the 2008 first-round draft pick in a silver-and-black uniform for a seventh season.
McFadden, 26, averaged only 3.3 yards per carry last season, marking the second straight season he finished with that figure and 2 yards or so shy of the 5.4 and 5.2 he posted in 2010 and 11, respectively.
He missed six games last season, which resulted in the Raiders turning to Rashad Jennings as their primary back the latter part of the season.
“I am really excited to be back in Silver and Black,” McFadden said. “There is no place I’d rather be. I want to prove to the team that drafted me that I am a top running back in this league, and I really want to help this team win.”
Given how Jennings outperformed McFadden at every turn, it seemed likely that the Raiders would re-sign Jennings and let McFadden depart via free agency.
Instead, the Raiders re-signed McFadden and let Jennings sign with the New York Giants without making much of a push to bring him back.
Overall, McFadden has missed 29 games during his six-year Raiders career, and he failed to develop into the elite player the Raiders envisioned when they selected McFadden with the fourth pick of the NFL draft out of Arkansas.
Only once has McFadden rushed for more than 707 yards in a season. That came in 2010, when he amassed 1,157 yards and caught a career-high 47 passes in only 13 games.
He has yet to play in more than 13 games in any NFL season, yet the Raiders are confident that he has the potential to regain the form he showed in 2010-11.
McFadden is regarded as the lead back for now, with second-year player Latavius Murray and third-year players Kory Sheets and Jeremy Stewart in the mix for backup spots


Steve Corkran

  • Chino

    New post btw

  • DanfromVegas

    I think I would have offered more but with less guarantees. More incentive based money, but I think he is replaceable. I just hope we pick up another bruiser.

  • TrevJo

    Hell no. Carr is awful.

  • Raider_Riff

    This isnt the worst idea.

    I’d love Watkins and Carr/Garrapolo.

    I hate passing on JF because it would be fun but Watkins is such a safe bet IMO.

  • Howard Benner

    Condescend to your mirror, Edward (those that can’t, Teach). .

    As usual your point can be best defined as pointless. . .

    What part of “Tampa showed him the money” don’t you get?

    Or are you not familiar with the Emanuel SandersCchefs/Donks debacle?

    Of course not; you are so full of hubris & anger you can’t see straight. . .myopic neanderthal. . .

    It’s all about perceived value, & Tampa validated his. . .Reg has a reputation of undervaluing (save for instances of urgency, which in this case is painfully lacking), thus underpaying prospective FA’s. . .he’s a VALUE SHOPPER. . .

    obviously he didn’t want to come to Oakland. . .Tampa was his obvious choice. . .what part of THAT very obvious choice are you missing?

    Get a clue. . .


    The part where he got on the plane to Oakland. Where he would have been smart to deplane and at least find out what the Raiders were offering. You do know he only signed a one-year deal with Tampa, right?

  • Howard Benner

    Yes. . .but perhaps he only wanted a one year “make do” deal. . .

    Besides, do you prefer him to Jackson, the former Deadskin?

  • ShutUpandBeHappy

    It’s standard for teams to require a physical before the trade is finalized. I remember a trade a few years ago to Buffalo I think that got voided because of a failed physical.

    That being said, I’m worried that Shaub is shell shocked. He may be good enough to break out and maybe a change of scenery is what he needs to put it all behind him. But it’s a real risk. Given how RM’s risks have panned out lately, I’m not going to hold my breath.