The agent for running back
It was a month ago when Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said the back would be a free agent, so a change of heart could be in play here from the organization. McFadden has struggled since entering the league with injuries and inconsistency. He has missed 29 games in six seasons and played in only 10 games in 2013, matching his 2012 yards per carry average at 3.3, which is a career-low.
McFadden has struggled since entering the league with injuries and inconsistency. He has missed 29 games in six seasons and played in only 10 games in 2013. He also lost his starting job. He matched his 2012 yards per carry average at 3.3, which is a career-low.
It came as no surprise that
McFadden just finished a disappointing season in which he missed five games to injury, averaged just 3.3 yards per carry for the second straight year and lost his starting job.
“You guys know how I feel about Darren McFadden; he's still one of my favorite players,” Jackson told 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, per ESPN.com. “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.”
McFadden averaged 3.3 yards per carry in another injury-plagued season as he fell behind Rashad Jennings in the Raiders' pecking order. When healthy, McFadden brings more to the table than Cincinnati's BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Green-Ellis is under contract for 2014 at $2.5 million in salary and bonuses, raising the possibility Cincinnati might cut him. If McFadden is willing to take a big pay cut from the $5.8 million he made this season, he could join Bernard in an exciting backfield.
“I think Darren can play with anybody,” Jackson told the radio station. “If it's the Darren McFadden that I used to know, there's no question -- whether it's in Cincinnati, Oakland or San Francisco or anywhere. He's talented enough to play anywhere in the National Football League.”
Both running backs were held under 10 rushing yards in a 34-14 defeat. Jennings rushed for nine yards on four carries, averaging 2.3 yards per attempt. He also caught two of three targets for eight yards. McFadden had seven carries for six yards (0.9 yards per carry). He caught three of the four passes thrown his way for 15 yards.
Jennings ended the year with 163 carries for 733 yards and six touchdowns while McFadden rushed for 379 yards and five touchdowns on 114 carries.
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