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Darren McFadden | Running Back

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 218
College: Arkansas
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The Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran expects Darren McFadden to be the Raiders' starting running back if healthy.
Corkran also expects McFadden to have the most yards from scrimmage of any Oakland back this season. It is a bold position to take considering McFadden's injury history and the presence of newly-acquired RB Maurice Jones-Drew. No matter who is the "starter," the Oakland backfield projects as an almost straight timeshare between two backs on the downsides of their career. Not exactly a blueprint for fantasy success. Jul 5 - 11:38 AM

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The Raiders have given Darren McFadden reps on kickoff returns during OTAs.

"Anything is an option," said coach Dennis Allen. We're tentatively expecting Maurice Jones-Drew to emerge as Oakland's top running back, with McFadden relegated to change-of-pace or lesser-half of a committee work. That sort of role could open up DMC's special teams plate. McFadden is a straight-linish runner with 4.4 jets. He could be an excellent kickoff return man.
Jun 9 - 3:51 PM

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez expects Darren McFadden to open the season as the Raiders' starting running back.

McFadden was reduced to a backup role for the final two games last season and won't have much job security playing on a one-year deal. Even if he manages to hold off Maurice Jones-Drew, McFadden has never played a full season and remains a huge injury risk. The Raiders may ultimately use McFadden as a change-of-pace back, with Jones-Drew getting the majority of work between the tackles.
Apr 19 - 9:50 PM

Newly signed Maurice Jones-Drew was told by the Raiders he's coming in to compete with Darren McFadden.

McFadden only has an edge on paper because he's the incumbent with a year in Greg Olson's scheme under his belt. In reality, it's wide open because the injury-prone McFadden has averaged just 3.29 YPC since Hue Jackson left Oakland following the 2011 season. It's very possible McFadden -- who is working on a meager one-year, $1.75 million contract -- will end up as a speedy outside, change-of-pace back. Jones-Drew is the better traditional, inside runner.
Mar 31 - 9:08 AM

Darren McFadden's agent says his client turned down more money elsewhere to re-sign with the Raiders.

"We did have real interest from four or five other teams -- one offered more money," said Ian Greengross, McFadden's agent. "Darren wanted to stay a Raider. He felt like he still had something to prove in silver and black." It couldn't have been much more money, but it's a sign that McFadden believes he has the best chance to revive his sputtering career in Oakland. For now, he only has to beat out raw yet intriguing sophomore Latavius Murray for the starting gig. Rashad Jennings has signed with the Giants.
Mar 12 - 8:27 AM

Updating an earlier item, Darren McFadden's new one-year deal with the Raiders is worth $1.75 million, with another $2.25 million available through incentives.

So it's worth up to $4 million, and not $4 million flat. It's a much more realistic number considering DMC's recent production. The fact that McFadden signed such a bargain-basement deal only hours into free agency is a sign he generated zero buzz during the league's legal-tampering period. In theory, it's a good deal for the Raiders, but a change of scenery would have done both sides well.
Mar 11 - 6:34 PM

Raiders re-signed RB Darren McFadden to a one-year, $4 million contract.

McFadden re-signs as Rashad Jennings walks. It's a bit out of left field, as all signs had pointed to the Raiders keeping Jennings and letting DMC walk. They got out-bid for Jennings, however, while $4 million isn't a terrible price for someone with McFadden's talent. It's much more than his recent production and injury history would dictate, however. There's no way the Raiders can trust him as an every-down back. DMC could have benefitted from a change of scenery. It's hard to be excited about his fantasy prospects in Oakland.
Mar 11 - 5:33 PM

CSN Bay Area reports free agent Darren McFadden is expected to sign a one-year offer with the Raiders.

So much for McFadden generating "significant interest." If DMC is indeed returning, it could mean the Raiders are moving on from Rashad Jennings. It's odd because most reports had the Raiders more interested in keeping Jennings than McFadden. Both sides seemed like they needed a change of scenery in 2013, but Oakland is apparently loath to move on from McFadden's upside.
Mar 11 - 3:57 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Darren McFadden is generating "significant interest."

It's not a surprise. For all McFadden's struggles and injuries, he's still a freakish physical talent. McFadden's stiff, upright running style has made him a no-go as a lead runner, but he could still be a difference maker as a change-of-pace back. He's one of the only free agent running backs with any special qualities.
Mar 10 - 3:15 PM

An agent at the Scouting Combine told that free agent Darren McFadden isn't expected to sign with the Bengals.

McFadden and his agent reportedly feel like they'll have more attractive offers. (We're skeptical.) Bengals OC Hue Jackson has always been a big believer in McFadden, and the running back had his best season under Jackson in Oakland. DMC wants to be a starter and big part of the offense. With Gio Bernard ready to take off in Cincy, it may not be in the cards there. DMC simply can't be trusted to stay healthy. He might be best off signing a one-year deal.
Mar 4 - 2:07 PM

CSN Bay Area expects Darren McFadden to walk in free agency unless his market "bottoms out."

A source tells reporter Scott Bair the Raiders are only interested in McFadden "at the right price," and that price is dirt cheap. DMC should generate just enough interest that he won't have to come crawling back to the Raiders. He still has upside if utilized correctly. The Raiders made a mess of DMC's usage after coach Hue Jackson was fired.
Feb 20 - 7:28 PM

The player rep for free agent Darren McFadden will meet with the Raiders Saturday.

We wouldn't expect talks to get very far. The frustratingly talented McFadden has missed 19 games over the last three seasons, averaged 3.29 YPC over the last two, and fell behind Rashad Jennings on the depth chart last season. The Raiders are fully expected to let McFadden hit the open market, where old friend Hue Jackson -- now the offensive coordinator of the Bengals -- could make an offer. Don't expect a hot market.
Feb 20 - 8:27 AM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie confirmed he expects Darren McFadden to test free agency.

McFadden is coming off another injury-marred season, finishing with just 114 carries, 379 yards, and five touchdowns over 10 games. He isn't going to be back with the Raiders and will likely have to reestablish his value on a one-year deal this offseason. The Bengals have been linked as a possible landing spot for McFadden under new OC Hue Jackson, while the Browns, Falcons, and Giants also figure to be in the market for a committee running back.
Jan 16 - 5:34 PM

Bengals OC Hue Jackson suggested he will have interest in impending free agent Darren McFadden.

Jackson effectively built the Raiders' 2010-2011 running game around McFadden, leading to 336 carries for 1,771 yards (5.27 YPC) and 11 touchdowns across 20 games. DMC's market has been crushed by his ineffectiveness since Jackson left and an earned injury prone label, so perhaps the Bengals could add him to their backfield on the cheap. "You guys know how I feel about Darren McFadden; he's still one of my favorite players," Jackson said. "What a tremendous talent. But I really like my little guy Gio [Bernard]. He had a real good season. But I don't think you can ever have too many good backs."
Jan 13 - 12:07 PM

The Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran believes free agent Darren McFadden is "destined" to sign with the Bengals.

McFadden turned in career-best numbers under new Bengals OC Hue Jackson in Oakland, and the Bengals may search for an offseason upgrade on BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who is owed $2.5 million in salary and bonuses. Spending on free agents isn't Cincinnati's style under penny-pinching owner Mike Brown, however. McFadden would likely have to settle for a cheap contract to reunite with Hue.
Jan 10 - 4:47 PM

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