Darren McFadden RB OAK 2 Months3 Comments

Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko reports "at this stage" Darren McFadden has the "starting edge" over Maurice Jones-Drew in the Raiders' backfield.

Klemko, however, does allow that this "should be a committee backfield considering McFadden's injury history." While McFadden may get the "starts," Jones-Drew leading the Raiders in carries is probably the safe bet. McFadden is certainly the more talented runner, but he's never played a full 16-game slate. This is going to be a timeshare. MJD and DMC are currently going in the seventh and eight rounds of fantasy drafts, respectively, as RB3/FLEX options.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 3 Months

The Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran said he expects RB Darren McFadden to be the Raiders' starting running back if healthy.

Corkran added he expects McFadden to have the most yards from scrimmage of an 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.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 3 Months4 Comments

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.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 5 Months

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

Because of his experience in OC Greg Olson's system, McFadden is the favorite to start Week 1 over Maurice Jones-Drew. McFadden was reduced to a backup role for the final two games of last season and won't have much job security playing on a one-year deal. Even if he manages to hold off Jones-Drew, McFadden has never played a full season in his career 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.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 6 Months3 Comments

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

Darren McFadden RB OAK 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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.

Darren McFadden RB OAK 7 Months

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.