When healthy, Darren McFadden is one of the best running backs in the NFL…when healthy.
McFadden missed four games in 2012 due to injury, and has yet to play a full 16-game season in his five year career.
Despite that, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie told Pro Football Talk that he would like to re-sign McFadden before he becomes a free agent in 2014. In order to do so, McKenzie needs to get far enough under the salary cap so he can offer an extension to DMC.
If McFadden is not re-signed, his franchise tag will amount to over $11.6 million.
He is entering the last season of a 6 year, $60 million contract and will make $5.8 million in 2013.
After a career year in 2010 when he rushed for over 1,000 yards, McFadden has seen his production decrease due to injury in 2011 and an ineffective running scheme in 2012.
He had 216 rushing attempts last season, but only garnered 707 yards and two touchdowns.