The Raiders are obviously expecting big things from Darren McFadden this season.
And it appears they might have tried a little buy-low strategy in advance of it.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Raiders “checked in” with McFadden about a contract extension, but he preferred to wait until after this season in hopes of a better deal.
The pieces are in place for a bet on himself to pay off. He’s healthy and entering a contract year in a scheme more suited to his talents under new coordinator Greg Olson. Then again, he’s shown flashes in the past, but he hasn’t played 16 games in a season yet.
“Obviously, he never felt comfortable in what we were doing last year,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “That led to some questions about him, but if you watch practice, the guy’s still explosive. He’s still a threat to take it all the way. And he feels more comfortable. If you don’t quite trust it, there’s always that doubt.”
Of course, having a motivated McFadden benefits the Raiders too, as they need all the help they can get.