Darren McFadden thinks Cowboys wouldn’t mind keeping him

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The biggest topic around the Cowboys in the opening weeks of the offseason has been the fate of quarterback Tony Romo, but he wasn’t the only Dallas starter who saw a rookie take over his spot in the lineup last season.

Running back Darren McFadden was brushed aside by Ezekiel Elliott even before he injured his elbow during the offseason and missed the majority of the season while recovering from the injury. McFadden returned for the final weeks of the season and told Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan of Sirius XM NFL Radio that he feels he has a lot to give a team in 2017.

“I still feel fresh,” McFadden said. “Like you said I didn’t get a lot of wear and tear on my body from the season. I only played in the last three regular season games and the playoff game. I feel like I have a lot that I can offer any team. As far as being out there and a guy that can carry the load, I don’t feel like I’ve lost a step at all. I feel like that any team that want to take a shot at me I don’t think it’d be a bad deal for them.”

McFadden isn’t ruling out the Cowboys from teams that might want to take a shot at him. He said he feels the team “wouldn’t mind keeping me,” although the draft will offer less expensive options for a team that has some work to do on defense if they want to sustain their winning ways of 2016.

8 responses to “Darren McFadden thinks Cowboys wouldn’t mind keeping him

  1. Definitely believe McFadden can be a serviceable 3rd down back, where ever he may end up. Sure, he isn’t going to give you 20-25 touches for 16 games, but again he is not a bad RB to fill in when your main guy needs a breather. One of the things I always like about McFadden was how he seemed to always run hard and lower his shoulder. He wasn’t afraid of contact. Top that with some home-run speed, and there you go. Of course, health was his main concern, but again when he’s healthy and has the ball in his hands, watch out.

  2. With the exception of drafting Zeke, the Cowboys have mismanaged this position for the last year.

    1. They attempted to move Darius Jackson to the practice squad. In doing so, they allowed him to be exposed to the waiver process in which he was claimed by Cleveland, the first team in the waiver order. As this was later in the season, did Lance Dunbar (who is now a free agent) do anything to make him worth keeping at the time?

    2. They signed Alfred Morris to a two year contract. If they cut him, he counts $500,000 against the cap. While this isn’t a lot of money against the cap, the financially responsible way to manage this situation would be to retain Morris and have kept Jackson as opposed to applying additional resources to the position.

    3. McFadden is like a old sports car. Looks nice, drives nice, but usually in the shop needing repair.

  3. 700levelvet says:

    Feb 20, 2017 10:20 AM
    The…”Most mediocre franchise in sports”…

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    This coming from a redskins fan. lol

  4. I only played in the last three regular season games and the playoff game.

    LOLZ, Cowboy fans still don’t understand the oppurtuntiy that their team blew this year.

    Number 1 Seed
    1Ndone

    SMH

  5. woodson28 says:
    Feb 20, 2017 10:43 AM
    With the exception of drafting Zeke, the Cowboys have mismanaged this position for the last year.
    1. They attempted to move Darius Jackson to the practice squad. In doing so, they allowed him to be exposed to the waiver process in which he was claimed by Cleveland, the first team in the waiver order. As this was later in the season, did Lance Dunbar (who is now a free agent) do anything to make him worth keeping at the time?
    2. They signed Alfred Morris to a two year contract. If they cut him, he counts $500,000 against the cap. While this isn’t a lot of money against the cap, the financially responsible way to manage this situation would be to retain Morris and have kept Jackson as opposed to applying additional resources to the position.
    3. McFadden is like a old sports car. Looks nice, drives nice, but usually in the shop needing repair.
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    It’s pretty clear that the Cowboys had hoped to get Jackson back onto the practice squad, but it’s also clear that he hadn’t given them much last year. He was a 6th round RB with very good SPARQ numbers but little if any production. That’s it. McFadden was the #4 rusher in the league in 2015 and the thought was likely McFadden’s contributions would outpace Jackson short term. Now, drafting Escobar in the 2nd hasn’t worked out. Crawford was overpaid as was Thornton. You can find areas of mismanagement on every squad, but throwing rocks at the Boys RB’s might not be the best target.

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