The Oakland Raiders can add running back Rashad Jennings to the list of players that will not be returning to the team. Jennings led the Raiders in rushing last season with 733 yards after taking the starting spot from the injured Darren McFadden. He will be headed to the New York Giants via free agency.
“Flying to the Big Apple tonight! Looking forward to signing the dotted lines with @Giants,” Jennings tweeted today.
With reports surfacing from Comcast Sports Net Bay Area's Fallon Smith that the Raiders will re-sign Darren McFadden, it is clear who the Raiders favored. Jennings played well in 2013 posting a 4.5 yards per carry average and amassing two 100 yards rushing efforts in his eight starts and 15 games played. He also contributed 36 receptions and six total touchdowns.
General manager Reggie McKenzie is clearing house from the 2013 roster. He has allowed Jared Veldheer, Lamarr Houston, and now Jennings to leave via free agency. All three were considered to be priorities to bring back and none will return. The Raiders will have their work cut out for them to find replacements who can mirror their production. The only addition so far has been offensive linemen Rodger Saffold and the possible return of McFadden.