Raiders open to keeping McFadden; Will meet with Agent at Combine
In a surprising move, the Raiders are set to meet with free agent running back Darren McFadden’s agent this week in Indianapolis at the scouting combine, according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as the former 4th overall pick in 2008 hasn’t panned out to what the Raiders had hoped when he was drafted. He has been injured often, but even when healthy has not been the dynamic weapon that he had the potential to be. He showed flashes of greatness under former head coach Hue Jackson, who focused on the run game and hard nosed blocking.
The Raiders are locked and loaded this year with plenty of cap space to sign free agents, along with a slew of draft picks at their disposal for the first time in several years.
Signing McFadden at a discounted rate may be good for the Raiders, but they’re likely to look for another starter as he has not been reliable.
If the team can coax him into signing a lower-tier deal it may be good for both sides. In 2013 McFadden played in ten games and ran for just 379 yards, averaging 3.3 yards per carry.
ProFootballFocus had him ranked as t he 55th best running back in the league last season, and many Raiders fans have already began looking forward to the next back in Oakland.
Whoever it may be could be sharing time with McFadden if a deal is hammered out – or DMC could test the open market and see what he can get.