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Newly signed Maurice Jones-Drew said Darren McFadden has a "leg up" on their competition.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 5 Months

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.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 5 Months

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 an indiction 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.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 5 Months

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. DMC could have benefitted from a change of scenery. It's hard to be excited about his fantasy prospects in Oakland.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 5 Months

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.

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

If OC Hue Jackson and the Bengals aren't interested in McFadden, then he could really struggle in free agency. DMC simply can't be trusted to stay healthy and is purely a north-south runner who struggles to avoid taking unnecessary hits. He still has plenty of intrigue but lacks patience and lateral agility. It might be best for McFadden to take a one-year deal and play 16 games.

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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.

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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 years 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.

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Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie confirmed he expects RB 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.

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

Jackson effectively built the Raiders' running game around McFadden in 2010 and 2011, leading to 336 carries for 1,771 yards (5.27 YPC) and 11 touchdowns during 20 games played across that span. 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."