In a surprising move, the Oakland Raiders have re-signed running back Darren McFadden to a one year deal. McFadden was thought to be as good as gone after missing six games last season with hamstring and ankle injuries as well as being replaced as the starting running back by Rashad Jennings. The one year deal will give McFadden another opportunity to prove he can be healthy for a full season.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the deal is for four million dollars over the one season.
The surprise re-signing is because McFadden has never played an injury free season in his six year NFL career with the Raiders. He has missed a total of 29 games in that time frame while decreasing his production. In 2012, he averaged a career worst 3.3 yards per carry and matched that ineptitude in 2013 with the same 3.3 yards per carry average. He has only rushed for 1,000 yards once in 2010 and has scored 11 rushing touchdowns in the past three seasons. McFadden has battled a plethora of injuries to his shoulder, ankle, hamstring, knee and foot throughout his years in Oakland, which is a massive cause for concern.
As of now, McFadden has the starting job to himself with Rashad Jennings bolting to the New York Giants. Jennings led the team in rushing in 2013 with 733 yards. McFadden was third behind Jennings and quarterback Terrelle Pryor with just 379 yards.