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Report: “Significant interest” for Darren McFadden

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On the first day of the legal tampering period, it appeared that there was no market for veteran running backs.  As the official start of free agency begins, one running back has apparently emerged.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Monday that McFadden, the fourth pick in the 2008 draft, is generating “significant interest.”

Of course, it’s one thing to generate “significant interest.”  It’s quite another to generate a significant offer.

Despite ample potential, McFadden has generated only one 1,000-yard season in his career.  Last year, he generated 379 yards, averaging 3.3 yards per carry.

That was McFadden’s average in 2012, too — 3.3 yards.

Along the way, McFadden has missed 29 games.  That’s nearly five per season.

It means that, whatever the interest in McFadden, the offers won’t be substantial.  And not nearly as substantial as the slotted pre-rookie wage scale contract he received from the Raiders — a six-year, $42 million deal.

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39 Responses to “Report: “Significant interest” for Darren McFadden”
  1. anonymous135 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:21 AM

    Hopefully he’ll take an incentive filled contract for a winner like the Pats. Maybe TEN when they get rid of CJ

  2. brandonj21 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:21 AM

    bahahaha !

  3. sportsbastard says: Mar 11, 2014 12:25 AM

    He had better land somewhere with a strong medical/training staff.

  4. anonymous135 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:27 AM

    It’s too bad that the Raider’s implemented a zone blocking scheme for him a few seasons ago.. I forget who the o-coordinator was but I think it was Knapp from the Falcons… such a poor fit for him and the offense and took them forever to never master…

    He was primed to bust out, but that’s been the case every year… but what if.. what if.

    He could be a fit so many places.. AZ, NO, NYG.

    Potentials always there, maybe with a reduced role he’ll be able to finally meet expectations with a good supporting cast, 2 tone rbc.

  5. raiders4ever says: Mar 11, 2014 12:28 AM

    hes a great runnning back so much talent he just has had bad luck in the injury phase ..and its not from taking hits its always a high ankle sprain or knee from just planting akward..i wish the raiders could just sign him 2 years but i cant blame RM if he dont make a offer DMac has just been injury prone but who ever gets him you have a good chance hes ready to bust out with a huge season..speed and power makes Dmac a homerun threat everytime he touches the ball

  6. demolition510 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:29 AM

    Significant interest from the trainers and medical staff. Job security you know.

  7. peytonmanningsforehead says: Mar 11, 2014 12:29 AM

    I’m glad someone has interest in McFadden because the Raiders don’t (or shouldn’t). A great player when healthy but just hasn’t been on the field to justify his original contract let alone a new deal.

  8. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 11, 2014 12:36 AM

    I signed this guy on my Madden game. He stayed healthy and eclipsed the 3,000 yard mark three years in a row. Someone is going to get a steal when they sign him.

  9. vikes89allday says: Mar 11, 2014 12:38 AM

    With a fair deal,Pair him with Peterson 28 would be a crazy tandem

  10. uncletuna says: Mar 11, 2014 12:43 AM

    That boy has no heart, no passion for the game – pass…

  11. kehav1 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:55 AM

    yes, veterans minimum for 1 yr deal type of interest…not “significant”

  12. soundsofsuccess7 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:56 AM

    Oh I’m sure…….

  13. fumblenuts says: Mar 11, 2014 1:01 AM

    Significant interest?

    Is that with or without crutches?

  14. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 11, 2014 1:14 AM

    Darren McFadden is the most dangerous RB in football. He just played for bootleg coaches(except for Hue Jackson and Bob Wylie).

  15. rainmaker1982 says: Mar 11, 2014 1:19 AM

    He needs to go to a team with an established back and an offense that doesn’t need to rely on him.

    He has talent and can be effective, but he’s not a featured back.

  16. bangithard says: Mar 11, 2014 1:25 AM

    this just in…

    McFadden has one of the best agents in the game at drumming up ‘phantom’ interest

    I have interest.. the price just went up $10M????!!!

    luv it

  17. raiders85 says: Mar 11, 2014 1:29 AM

    I will believe this when he signs more than a 1yr 2 million dollar offer plus the Bengals better be careful bidding against themselves here

  18. nicopenelope says: Mar 11, 2014 1:37 AM


  19. 702vikes says: Mar 11, 2014 1:41 AM

    darren, come to minnesota and back up the best back in the league!

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 11, 2014 2:08 AM

    If the price is he right he could be a darkhorse emerging from the PFT Hot 100. A nice sign for any team that can first trade their existing RBs to create room for a gamble.

  21. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 11, 2014 2:09 AM

    If the price is right he could be a darkhorse emerging from the PFT Hot 100. A nice sign for any team that can first trade their existing RBs to create room for a gamble.

  22. voice0freasonn says: Mar 11, 2014 2:39 AM

    Knowing our luck he’ll probably go somewhere and be a good football player, wherever it is they better take out an insurance policy on this guy

  23. r8dernation says: Mar 11, 2014 2:52 AM

    Jerry Jones wanted him bad in the draft and reacted by taking Felix way to early. This time around, Jerry won’t be able to fight the temptation. DMC will take his injuries to big D.

  24. souldogdave says: Mar 11, 2014 3:01 AM

    He sure sucked his contract year, wouldn’t touch him.

  25. acmepackers says: Mar 11, 2014 3:38 AM

    Dude’s got skills but might pull a hammy while signing a new deal.

  26. green41563 says: Mar 11, 2014 3:50 AM

    Well, 2014 is going to be a momentous year.

    Michael Sam will become the first openly gay NFL player, and Darren McFadden will be the first guy to play in a full-body cast.

  27. 4grammarpolice says: Mar 11, 2014 5:15 AM

    He was the 4th pick in that draft, not the 8th.

  28. araidersfan says: Mar 11, 2014 5:57 AM

    To the team that winds up signing McSlug – ‘a fool and his money are soon separated’.

  29. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Mar 11, 2014 6:42 AM

    One of if not the most frustrating and disappointing players I have ever watched. All the talent in the world just couldn’t stay healthy or didn’t have what it took to fight through the pain. Good luck Run DMC nobody wished it worked out more in Oakland than me

  30. tennesseetitan78 says: Mar 11, 2014 6:58 AM

    Darren….Cleveland is on line 1

  31. raidernut says: Mar 11, 2014 7:38 AM

    Please don’t let the door hit him on the fannie on the way out. It will put him on IR for 8 weeks….

  32. 44mpo says: Mar 11, 2014 8:52 AM

    Great runner. Fragile body. I wish him well.

  33. El Pollo Loco says: Mar 11, 2014 9:33 AM

    Denver would be a good fit he and Ball would be a strong tandem plus in that pass first offense McFadden wouldn’t have as many carries.

  34. slick50ks says: Mar 11, 2014 9:46 AM

    Paired with JaWalrus to make the worst backfield in NFL history. Not sure which player was worse.

    That’s chokeland…

  35. nativeraider says: Mar 11, 2014 11:27 AM

    I accept that RUN DMC is gone but I wish him good luck. He never complained about his contract and stayed quiet. I mean he knows hes missed games just like we all do but he tried.

    I would like to see him in a place they could actually use him. Places like CLE, NO or DET, Good luck on the rest of your career.

  36. rayguyreturns says: Mar 11, 2014 11:32 AM

    The guy would make a great slot receiver. He has great hands and runs well in space. Just keep him out of the backfield where a blade of grass might trip him and put him on IR.

  37. tsmercurio says: Mar 11, 2014 11:43 AM

    Could see the Bengals making play for him.

    He would not have as many carries with Giovani Bernard in the back field as well.

    Hue Jackson is the new O.C.

    BenJarvus is wearing thin for his act of get to the line and fall sideways.

  38. ovaw8lova says: Mar 11, 2014 11:55 AM

    I can see a team like Arizona having interest. They can employ the two back RB system. I am sure Dallas is interested considering he played at Arkansas.

  39. salviefresh says: Mar 11, 2014 12:15 PM

    He’s not going to get big contract, and he’s going to be a backup somewhere.

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