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According to a tweet from NFL.com's Gil Brandt, McFadden's agent will meet with the Raiders this weekend to "discuss re-signing" with the team that initialy took the two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up No. 4 overall in 2008.
Darren McFadden's agent tells me he will meet w #Raiders on Sat. to discuss re-signing. Interesting to see value if he hits open mrkt.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 20, 2014
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said last month, though, that he thought McFadden and his agent would test the market to see what his value was as a free agent.
"And that's the thing," McKenzie said, "when you're talking about the games that he's missed, he has no idea, and when I say 'he' I'm talking about his agent, [he] has no idea what his market value will be and I couldn't tell you what the other 31 teams think, and his agent is leaning toward trying to figure out what that is. So, we'll see."
McFadden has never played more than 13 games in a season and has missed 19 of the Raiders' last 41 games. Over the past two seasons, he has averaged just 3.29 yards per carry.
Still, he will be 27 years old on Aug. 27 and when he's right, he's nice, as evidenced by his 2010 season when he rushed for 1,157 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and seven touchdowns in 13 games. But that was with Hue Jackson as the Raiders' offensive coordinator and Jackson is now the O.C. in Cincinnati.
McKenzie said he wants to re-sign the hard-running Rashad Jennings, who rushed for 733 yards last year, and his 2.20 yards per carry after first contact average ranked second in the NFL. Plus, Oakland will have 2013 draft pick Latavius Murray, who spent last year on injured reserve, and the Raiders also just signed Canadian Football League Grey Cup MVP Kory Sheets.