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McFadden takes peanuts to return to the Raiders

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Remember when it was reported that there was significant interest in Raiders running back Darren McFadden, the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft?

That significant interest definitely did not translate into significant dollars.

The official numbers are in, and McFadden indeed signed for peanuts.  He gets a mere $100,000 guaranteed.  With a salary of $1.25 million and a roster bonus of $144,000, the deal has a base value of $1.494 million.

The rest of the money comes from per-game roster bonuses of $16,000, which if he is on the active roster for all 16 games translates to a total payout of $1.75 million.

He can earn another $2.25 million in so-called “not likely to be earned incentives.”  While the title implies that the incentives are “not likely” to be earned, it’s impossible to know how likely/unlikely they are to be earned without knowing more specifics about the triggers.  The label determines whether the incentives, if earned, hit the salary cap in the current year or the next year.  (For likely to be earned incentives, the cap charge comes in the current year.)

Regardless of what McFadden must do to earn the incentives, the Raiders have committed a mere $100,000 to a man who earned $60 million on his rookie deal.  He can be cut before the regular season at a total cost (assuming adequate participation in the offseason program) of $244,000.

Then again, why cut him?  At a base salary of $1.25 million, the Raiders arguably are stealing from McFadden.

We’ll let the Raiders fans finish that thought in the comments.

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63 Responses to “McFadden takes peanuts to return to the Raiders”
  1. chad504boy says: Mar 13, 2014 7:00 PM

    What a horrible decision/contract.

  2. thepftpoet says: Mar 13, 2014 7:01 PM

    The Raiders have actually made some competent moves this offseason in Justin Tuck and Woodley.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 13, 2014 7:02 PM

    Worst Franchises in the NFL – Oakland, Cleveland, Jacksonville, San Francisco and Seattle. In that order.

  4. crik911 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:02 PM

    Four games and a hamstring injury… Dis-functional Raiders.

  5. abra1n says: Mar 13, 2014 7:03 PM

    maybe he feels that he owes oakland for the last couple of years?

  6. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 13, 2014 7:04 PM

    I will accept 100,000.00 to play exactly one snap and potentially survive.

  7. saddolfinfan says: Mar 13, 2014 7:05 PM

    Wait, the raiders actually made a smart football move? Next thing you know the redskins won’t over pay someone.

  8. ron69 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:05 PM

    McFadden is a class act and a man of honor, he knows he didn’t earn his rookie deal, now is paying a little back, not shame on that.

  9. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Mar 13, 2014 7:09 PM

    I think McFadden stole from the Raiders. He never did enough to earn $60,000,000.00.

  10. mikeyhigs says: Mar 13, 2014 7:10 PM

    That’s bad news for Chris Johnson once he gets cut

  11. nogoodtomedead says: Mar 13, 2014 7:10 PM

    As a Raider fan it actually means a lot to hear that. It seems all athletes do anymore is take money or go someplace already established to latch on to a winner. I think McFadden knows we didn’t get what he’s capable and he seems to actually be interested in giving the team and the fans their money’s worth. Hope he has a monster year and gets a big contract. He won’t. He’ll get injured. We’ll draft a bust. We will lose. Raiders for life.

  12. demolition510 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:11 PM

    The takeaway here? Never believe the highly inflated numbers that first get reported. Agents are brainwashing yall

  13. nykfanwakemeupin2015 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:14 PM

    The raiders are going to come out strong and then 3/4 of the team will be injured by week and start getting dominated. The old mans game only last a couple rounds and then young legs always prevail.

  14. kwjsb says: Mar 13, 2014 7:15 PM

    Like many of us, he took a pay cut to keep his health insurance, lord knows he meets his deductables every year

  15. westcoastraider says: Mar 13, 2014 7:16 PM

    Biggest McFadden critic… Yet I respect a man who won’t walk away from a letdown and wants to redeem himself, he feels he owes the nation something and I agree… Looking forward to seeing dude get down

  16. raiderrob21 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:18 PM

    Thats the only way he was going to come back and be accepted back. Great deals Reggie. Right guys at the RIGHT PRICE!

  17. justbust says: Mar 13, 2014 7:19 PM

    It was ashame he couldn’t stay healthy since he was drafted but Al Davis liked collecting physical specimens. McFadden brings a very exciting running style being so fast for his weight. Guarantee mr. Davis never regretted his decision to keep paying Darren. Let’s be real, they don’t have a elite qb, they aren’t going to make a playoff? but remember when Darren ran over the steelers last year? very exciting to watch reguardless of his ability to stAy healthy. If he even has one huge game next year this signing is worth it.

  18. brgastelum says: Mar 13, 2014 7:22 PM

    McFadden stole $60M from the Raiders. It’s about time they get a bit of it back.

  19. ggallin4evr says: Mar 13, 2014 7:24 PM

    A Bay Bay.

  20. codiablo says: Mar 13, 2014 7:24 PM

    For 1m he could have been a great. 3rd down back for mn. Shame

  21. wwrgesusd says: Mar 13, 2014 7:25 PM

    McFadden gets $160k game played? That’s an extra $160k a week in cap for the Raiders.

  22. orivar says: Mar 13, 2014 7:25 PM

    He’s really thinks he can help build the Raiders. Wow.

  23. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 13, 2014 7:25 PM

    I’m still drafting him in midway through my fantasy draft and hoping he stays healthy. The pick after Reggie Bush and before Percy Harvin. #fantasyjoke

  24. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2014 7:26 PM

    I know I can’t be the only one that read this expecting a unique story about peanuts.

  25. dennis2488 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:26 PM

    the raiders browns jaguars vikings broncos titans and buccaneers are always the most active in free agency. figure it out.

  26. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2014 7:27 PM

    No props to Reggie for getting Mcfadden to come back for cheap?

  27. anonymous135 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:32 PM

    Ricky Williams negotiated his contract…

  28. raiderman81 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:35 PM

    Wow…. loyalty. He won back alot of fans here… I hope RunDMC ballsout and puts up insane numbers and gets paid next year!!! That would be just for him…. IM behind you rundmc…. #raidernation

  29. crik911 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:38 PM

    He has never finished a whole season without injury. Also only averages 11-12 games per his career, arguably missing a quarter of the season each year.

    Why would you sign him?

  30. mianfr says: Mar 13, 2014 7:43 PM

    Isn’t an in-game roster bonus an unlikely to be earned incentive with this guy?

  31. cursedvikings1998 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:44 PM

    The Raiders aren’t stealing anything and they didn’t sign him for peanuts. They already invested 60 million dollars into a man who barely played.

    If anyone got screwed here, it was the Raiders!

  32. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 13, 2014 7:46 PM

    Assuming he is on the roster all year, he makes $1.75M? And that’s a terrible deal?

    Am I missing something? Was he expected to get much more than that on the open market?

    Donald Brown is three years younger, DIDN’T miss 6 games last year like McFadden did and averaged more than 2 full yards per carry more than McFadden did and got around 3M per year on a 3 year deal.

    McFadden has averaged 11 games a season for his career and less than 10 for the last 3. He hasn’t reached 3.4 YPC since 2011.

    He has rushed for 3,713 yards in six seasons, around 619 per season. And he’s made 60 million dollars?

    And HE’S the one getting a bad deal?

  33. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 13, 2014 7:49 PM

    Ice up son!

  34. jedyknyt says: Mar 13, 2014 7:51 PM

    That’s because he played like peanuts!

  35. somethingsmellsrotten says: Mar 13, 2014 7:52 PM

    Stealing from the Raiders? He made $42 million cash for nothing…it’s the other way around. Typical media bias against the Raiders.

  36. phinfan says: Mar 13, 2014 7:56 PM

    Odd.. I’d pay 1.25 million to exit that team and land on a playoff team.

    To him his own

  37. dfco74 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:57 PM

    MacFaddens thoughts:

    Are the raiders dumb enough to hand me mire money?

  38. zeddicuszorander says: Mar 13, 2014 7:57 PM

    Something to prove? Loyalty? Nobody else wanted his fragile body…he can ball when he’s healthy….but when is that?

    He makes Ryan Matthews look durable.

  39. somethingsmellsrotten says: Mar 13, 2014 8:11 PM

    ‘Odd.. I’d pay 1.25 million to exit that team and land on a playoff team’. Hilarious coming from a Dollqueen fan.

  40. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 13, 2014 8:11 PM

    The not likely to be earned bonuses, require Darren to swim the English Channel, take a ride in the Space Shuttle, and solve a complex series of quadratic equations without help.

  41. rhemish says: Mar 13, 2014 8:22 PM

    Smart move people high reward with this salary no risk maybe if Oakland would put some talent out on the field we could actually judge the players ability . Just like Pryor and mcgloin how can we judge them with a different o line every week people playing out of position every week no number one wr . I like d Moore and streater just need more talent around everybody to actually evaluate somebody….. Please sign Jared Allen leader Charles Tillman davon joeseph guard cut by tb let’s go Reggie pick up the pace …. We should have signed dt hatcher now he just signed with wash…. This is rebuilding we haven’t signed any core players yet all 2 year contracts for 30 year old people …. I did love the rt Howard’s signing low risk for the upside I think Reggie was spot on for a change . To me it just looks like Reggie is slow and learning on the job… You have to have a solid plan for free agency at fast people don’t wait around for you.

  42. raiderapologist says: Mar 13, 2014 8:22 PM

    Can he play left tackle?

  43. coachglove says: Mar 13, 2014 8:23 PM

    Hey Luke – Assuming he is on the ACTIVE roster….not just on the roster. He will earn less than $1.5M unless he is placed on the IR, in which case he will earn $244k + $16k/game.

    If you have ever seen him play live, you hold your breath (for 2 reasons, admittedly) every time he touches the ball. At $1.5M it is an extremely low risk deal for the Raiders and if he goes on IR he won’t even earn that much. If they get the rest of the OL in place with the style it looks like the Raiders are aiming for I think you’ll see a 1,000 yard back. 1,000 yards for $1.5-1.75M….a steal.

  44. rhemish says: Mar 13, 2014 8:24 PM

    Smart move people high reward with this salary no risk maybe if Oakland would put some talent out on the field we could actually judge the players ability . Just like Pryor and mcgloin how can we judge them with a different o line every week people playing out of position every week no number one wr . I like d Moore and streater just need more talent around everybody to actually evaluate somebody….. Please sign Jared Allen leader Charles Tillman davon joeseph guard cut by tb let’s go Reggie pick up the pace …. We should have signed dt hatcher now he just signed with wash…. This is rebuilding we haven’t signed any core players yet all 2 year contracts for 30 year old people …. I did love the rt Howard’s signing low risk for the upside I think Reggie was spot on for a change . To me it just looks like Reggie is slow and learning on the job… You have to have a solid plan for free agency and execute it with purpose ..

  45. rhemish says: Mar 13, 2014 8:26 PM

    I think we should add Sidney rice Seattle wr why not ….

  46. vaughnjoe says: Mar 13, 2014 8:27 PM

    I dont know.. did he sit em down and say “ok guys this time for real”? Mcfaddens been a bust for years and its always possible he gets alot of carries this year just because no one can ever call what the raiders are up to these days. (I’m not sure they know either)

  47. ssolimani says: Mar 13, 2014 8:32 PM

    Literally no risk with this move, given the contract. Raider fans know his potential, but we also know he’s made of glass. I see no negatives in this.

  48. aldog83 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:48 PM

    ” Raiders arguably stealing from McFadden”

    After paying DMAC 60 million…..

    60 mill ÷ 28 career TD’s = 2.14 million per TD.

    I think the Raiders could be justified in paying whatever the hell they want.

  49. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 13, 2014 9:17 PM

    Man you Raider Fans that complain about McFadden are the same ones that were mad at Warren Sapp. When Sapp was moved to a 3-4 DE and did not once complain about it, and also provided leadership in the lockeroom.

    McFadden is one of the hardest workers on the Raiders. When the Raiders Went back to the Zone Blocking scheme he didnt complain once about it. Never used it as am excuses, never threw his coaches or teammate under the bus. He just kept on busting his ass trying to make it work. DMAC IS A TRUE RAIDER. HE’S THE EPITOME OF A RAIDER..ITS THE COACHES AND MANAGEMENT THAT FAILED HIM.

    Now Reggie Mac for the love of the Football gods please Give that Saffold money to Michael Oher the best Run blocking LT, bring Samson Satele Back, move Wiz to Back to guard., and let DMac be great….and sign Mike Bush or L Blount for insurance and our offense is straight…I don’t care who QB will be.

    #RealRaiderNation

  50. vipod4ever says: Mar 13, 2014 9:37 PM

    Will not be a every back down, gain close to 1k yards = steal!

  51. noleitup says: Mar 13, 2014 10:58 PM

    Sounds like a man on a mission to me. He knows he hasn’t lived up to his draft position and I think he wants to prove himself

  52. babygaga19 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:34 AM

    Most teams wouldn’t have brought him back at any discount.

  53. mchappypants says: Mar 14, 2014 2:02 AM

    “The official numbers are in”

    Wow. Are you slow.

    These numbers have been common knowledge for 2 days now. In the information age that is a lifetime.

    Might want to consider picking up the pace a bit.

  54. oneilistheone says: Mar 14, 2014 3:00 AM

    Well being from the Old school and one who has seen The Real Run DMC “live” and in person. Sucka DeeJays RockBox, King of Rock, On The Raising Hell tour.

    I will say that I also watched Mcfadden a few games on the tube ‘not live’ with the Razorbacks.And I have come to the conclusion that we have defintely been using him “wrong”!

    Why has the rb been devalued in the NFL? because the passing game has become the Play Pay per view. To be continued…

  55. oneilistheone says: Mar 14, 2014 3:09 AM

    DMC ran the Wild Hog at “Arkansas” We actually ran it against Denver the first game of his rookie year before Ronnie Brown in Miami, but we did not stick with it. Why not ?

    The Hogs protected him,dont know if that was their intent but they did.In retrospect
    that is what we should have been doing.

    Now I am not saying run the wild cat with him all the time but use him more like a 3rd down back minus the obvious passing down situations.

  56. oneilistheone says: Mar 14, 2014 3:36 AM

    If you draft A Back in the top 10 of the first rd which pays big time and expects big results! of course you want him to be a feature load bearing back!

    It is not Mcfadden’s fault that he got drafted so high.

  57. watermelon1 says: Mar 14, 2014 9:21 AM

    That’s his own fault for RE-signing with raiders instead of waiting for another team to make a respectable offer.

    Would have loved to see him play on a real team. Playing with some leads and some talent around him. Oh well… His choice.

    Guess we should applaud raiders for finally making a good move, and McFadden for not chasing money?

  58. omniusprime says: Mar 14, 2014 9:50 AM

    Perhaps McFadden will finally give the Raiders their money’s worth. He was such a promising draft pick but his constant injuries meant he never earned his first contract’s money. Hopefully he’ll have a full productive season.

    If the Raiders don’t improve vastly this season then it’s time to jettison reggie mckenzie and denise allen! After brining the Raiders back to .500 it was sad to see Hugh Jackson get the heave ho.

  59. babygaga19 says: Mar 14, 2014 12:27 PM

    I think Hugh and Art Shell should be in the Raiders coaching Ring of Fame. Never has so little been done with so much!

  60. badmoonrison says: Mar 14, 2014 3:09 PM

    I was amongst the first raider fans to insist on cutting this guy for obvious reasons but now that I see the numbers, it was clearly a smart move On the part of mcMcKenzie. He’ll inevitably get injured again but so what for that price?

  61. maxstotalbases says: Mar 14, 2014 3:45 PM

    Some Raider fans make me laugh. “oh now that we got busted up old Woodley and Tuck we are gonna win the superbowl!” Really? What morons lolololololol. This organization is pathetic and will remain that way for years to come. 6 wins if you’re lucky.

  62. oneilistheone says: Mar 14, 2014 8:30 PM

    Spoken like a true Fairweather Bandwagoneer.

    This is what we die hards do, we believe!even after years in the barren wilderness we believe in the promised land.This is a new NFL and worse to playoffs in one season is not delusional.

    Fairweathers just sell their souls to the winning teams so they can make themselves feel like winners. But you are the true losers.

  63. cougarts76 says: Mar 15, 2014 2:12 PM

    You guys crack me up. If he signs that deal with the Patriots, they are geniuses at managing the cap. With the Raiders, they are stealing from him. Nah, there’s no bias at all.

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