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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
McFadden returns with 'something' to prove

By Paul Gutierrez

As strange as it seemed for the Oakland Raiders to re-marry oft-injured running back Darren McFadden while allowing Rashad Jennings to leave for the New York Giants, it is interesting to hear McFadden's take on why he chose to return.

Especially since he apparently had other, higher-paying offers on the table.

"We did have real interest from four or five other teams -- one offered more money," McFadden's agent, Ian Greengross, told the Bay Area News Group. "Darren wanted to stay a Raider. He felt like he still had something to prove in silver and black."

Indeed, and many would see McFadden's stance as refreshing, given he chose not to chase the money as he re-signed with Oakland on a one-year, $4-million deal, with $2.25 million of it in incentives and $100,000 guaranteed.

Since being drafted with the No. 4 overall pick in 2008, McFadden's potential has outweighed his production as he has missed 19 of the Raiders' last 41 games, 29 in his six-year career, due to injuries.

Plus, McFadden has averaged 3.3 yards per carry (career lows) in each of the past two seasons after going for a career-high 5.4 yards per carry in a truncated 2011.

McFadden, who has never played more than 13 games in a season, presumably would be atop a depth chart at tail back that includes Latavius Murray, Jeremy Stewart and CFL Grey Cup MVP Kory Sheets.