The Oakland Raiders selected RB Darren McFadden with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. McFadden is entering the final year of his rookie contract and a report this evening suggests that the Raiders organization has reached out about a contract extension. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport suggests that McFadden wants no part of a contract extension at this time. He wants to return to his old form and land a mega deal.
McFadden has been a mystery during his time in the league. Possessing a unique balance of speed and power, the Arkansas product has really struggled to stay on the field while getting the label of being injury prone. Entering his sixth season in the league, McFadden has never played a complete season, logging a career high 13 games in 2008 and 2010. McFadden did account for 1,664 total yards and 10 scores in 13 games during the 2010 season.
Even if he were to manage a full slate of games in 2013 while equaling or surpassing his 2010 performance, a mega contract is likely not going to be in the works for the big back. McFadden will be 27 at the start of the 2014 season and veteran running backs are simply not landing the huge contracts they have in the past.
McFadden is coming off a year which saw him post a career low 3.27 yards per carry, scoring just two touchdowns while going over the 100-yard mark just three times. The oft-injured back is reportedly upset with the Raiders zone blocking scheme but a power run game is returning to the Bay Area under offensive line coach Tony Sparano.
Even with career high numbers in 2013, McFadden will likely be disappointed in the free agent market, likely not receiving offers of what he thinks he’s worth.