Darren McFadden retires

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Running back Darren McFadden, waived by the Cowboys two days ago, announced his retirement Tuesday.

McFadden tweeted that, “Today, I am announcing that I am retiring from the NFL. I have been extremely privileged to play in the League for a long time and now that time for me is done.”

McFadden, 30, re-signed with the Cowboys in March, getting a one-year, $980,000 deal. But he was active for only one game this season and played only one snap, losing two yards on his lone carry against the Falcons in Week 10.

The fourth overall pick of the Raiders in 2008, McFadden played 10 seasons and 103 games. He had 1,302 carries for 5,421 yards and 28 touchdowns. He gained 1,157 yards in 2010 for the Raiders and 1,089 in 2015 for the Cowboys, his only career 1,000-yard seasons.

McFadden said he had opportunities to continue his career.

“I just want to say that I make this decision not with sadness or without further opportunity, but with a couple of days to reflect on how I feel and where I am at this stage of life,” McFadden said in his tweet. “I know that this is the right move for me. I look forward to what the future holds, spending some time with my family, pursuing some outside interests and, of course, going to a few Arkansas football games.”

21 responses to “Darren McFadden retires

  1. DMac was a wonderful guy, on & off the field! I hate that Garrett wasted almost 2 years of his career, when he was the ONLY bright spot on the Cowboys in 2015…smh.. Jason Garrett has worn out his welcome, as far as I am concerned, and can’t be gone soon enough!!!! Threw Tony under the bus last season, and how’s that working out for you, JG?? If Jerry Jones keeps him around, I can’t wait to see who’s career he ends, further on down the line.
    Good Luck, DMac, & Godspeed…..

  2. Hate to see this happen, but I see why. As a Raiders fan, I was disappointed it didn’t work out. Mayock was right, his long legs and lean frame didn’t handle the NFL well. Still loved seeing his long runs he had early in his career, and the time he lit up Haloti Ngata on a block. Effort was never a problem, it just didn’t work out. Wish him the best.

  3. He was the player that made me truly understand just how fast the NFL is compared to college. His college highlights were surreal but once NFL life came he was a merely normal. Kudos to him though, 10 years as a running back is a feat!

  4. that’s frightening economics…he got paid in the neighborhood of $980k for 6 seconds worth of work this year.


  5. Lol @ brenda. You love Romo. It’s ok. It’s ok.

    As for Run DMC, good luck man. You were a beast in college and you get to walk away intact with money in the bank. Retirement at 30 with millions. I’m jealous.

  6. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    You just can’t retire in the off season like a normal player? Gotta have one more “look-at=me” moment?

    Ummmmm… did you not READ that he was just cut two days ago? You have to either register as a Free Agent or Retire. Can’t stand ignorance.

  7. That year and a quarter stretch there in Hue Jackson’s system, he was the most exciting RB in football. Every time he touched the ball I felt like he might break one to the house. I think maybe the Lisfranc injury did him in right after he had gotten his stride, but whatever the case, he was never the same after that. Before then, he was just used the wrong way. Never the best vision, but in a system where he could just hit and go like that, it was something to watch because of his size/speed/power combo.

  8. McFadden was always destined to be a Cowboy. In the 2008 Draft, Dallas held 2 number one picks thanks to us trading the pick that eventually became Brady Quinn in 2007 to Cleveland. 2008 draft, We drafted Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins in the first round BUT there was serious talks of Dallas wanting to move up in the draft to take McFadden. Parcells and the Dolphins held the number one overall pick (That should of been Matt Ryan) . Jerry and Parcells were working up a trade that will send our 2 1st round picks and more (even Marion Barber) to Miami for the first overall pick that guarantees McFadden gets drafted by Dallas. Miami wanted too much. Pick fell through. Miami drafts Long, passes on Matt Ryan. Raiders take McFadden shortly after. Jenkins and Jones picks went on to have a short career in Dallas, eventually Barber gets cut. It’s like destiny guided McFadden back to Dallas anyways, and we got 1000 yard seasons out of him. Kid still has a bit left in the tank but injury has always been an issue. Good Luck Darren, Cowboy nation thanks you for your hard work.

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