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.