For that reason, he’s been a favorite in Oakland, especially the last three seasons as a starter.
But Fargas’ run as a starter appears to be ending with Darren McFadden’s emergence, and the Oakland Tribune hints that Fargas could run right off the team.
The Raiders have three quality backs in McFadden, Fargas, and Michael Bush. Jerry McDonald writes that, “Fargas will at some point be de-emphasized in favor of Bush. It’s just a matter of when.”
Bush broke out last season in Week 17 with 177 yards, a performance that sent Jon Gruden to ESPN and likely warmed Al Davis’ heart. He could give Oakland some power near the goal line that the team has lacked.
If the youngsters stay healthy in training camp (which hasn’t been easy for them), Fargas could conceivably drop below Bush on the depth chart. He would be due $3.5 million as a third-stringer.
At that point, the Raiders could potentially ask Fargas to take a pay cut or take off.
While the Raiders would take a cap hit to release him, they would save real dollars in the transaction.
No matter what happens, this is the sort of good problem the Raiders haven’t often had in recent years. Any step forward in the standings will likely be lead by their running game, which has quietly produced impressive numbers ever since Tom Cable showed up in 2007.