One day after losing DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys are reportedly set to add a veteran option in the backfield.
Dallas has agreed to a two-year contract with Raiders running back Darren McFadden, Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Friday. The deal, as Williams noted, is contingent on McFadden passing a physical.
The 27-year-old McFadden rushed for 534 yards on 155 carries a season ago for Oakland, also catching 36 passes for 212 yards. The Raiders’ first-round pick in 2008, McFadden has dealt with nagging injuries throughout his career, and he has not even averaged 3.5 yards per carry in the last three seasons.
However, at this stage of the offseason, McFadden is an interesting addition for Dallas. For starters, the Cowboys have an outstanding offensive line. Also, McFadden has had relatively little wear-and-tear (1,249 career touches).
Finally, there is the Arkansas connection. McFadden, like ex-Cowboys tailback Felix Jones, starred in a loaded Razorbacks backfield. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and COO Stephen Jones both played at Arkansas, so here is a potential signing sure to please the Cowboys’ first family.
But can McFadden recapture his early-career form? Dallas looks like it will pay to find out. After losing Murray, it’s a logical gamble.
UPDATE: According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, McFadden has agreed to a two-year, $5.85 million contract. The deal includes a $200,000 bonus, per Archer.