The Oakland Raiders had no running backs with experience on their roster with both incumbent starter Darren McFadden and his top back up Rashad Jennings hitting free agency. In a slightly surprising move, ESPN reported on March 11 that the Raiders chose to re-sign Darren McFadden to a new deal.
The new contract is a one-year deal for $4 million.
When looking at the size and length of the deal, it seems like the Raiders are either giving McFadden one last chance to prove himself or they are signing him and planning on bringing in someone else, possibly in the NFL Draft, to replace him next season.
McFadden is still one of the most explosive running backs in the NFL, but he can’t stay healthy. He has never played in more than 13 games in his six year career. In 2010, he had a breakout campaign with 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games. The next year, he started off just as strong, with 614 yards through the first seven games, but then his season ended with a Lisfranc injury.
In 2013, McFadden struggled again, playing in 10 games but he was slowed and only finished with 379 yards for the season while Rashad Jennings stepped in and took over the starting job. Now, with McFadden re-signed, he gets one last chance to prove he belongs with the Oakland Raiders.