The Oakland Raiders are probably going to let running back Darren McFadden start anew in another city in 2014. In fact, per Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area, the Raiders will only consider bringing McFadden back if his market “bottoms out” in free agency. In other words, they don’t want McFadden unless they can get him on the cheap.
Head coach Dennis Allen admitted McFadden is a top-level talent who the Raiders would ideally like to keep on their roster, but not one they can afford to keep putting money into without results.
“When you look at it, Darren McFadden is an extremely good player and a high talent, but unfortunately he’s had the injury history”, said Allen.
No truer words have ever been spoken. The simple reality is that McFadden has had one season in his entire career that could come anywhere close to being called “elite”, while he has never even played more than 13 games in a single season. In fact, he’s played in 12 or less games four times in the past five years.
McFadden has been tied to the Cincinnati Bengals and should see some mid-level offers from a number of teams. However, unless he’s greeted by a cold market, he’s likely done as a member of the silver and black.