December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) runs for a short gain during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders: Darren McFadden Hints This May Be His Last Season in Oakland

Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden hints that this could be his final year as a Raider.

“We haven’t talked about anything,” he said when asked by the San Jose Mercury News about a possible contract extension (h/t NFL Spin Zone). “I’m a Raider right now and I’m playing football and preparing for the season. That’s all I can do.”

Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp’s zone-blocking scheme was not popular in Oakland, especially with McFadden, who averaged a dismal 3.27 yards per carry last season.

“I looked forward to trying it, but no, it didn’t work,” McFadden told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Sometimes it’s hard to say that you can’t do something, but as an offense we couldn’t…so now we’re back to trying something else.”

The front office took notice and fired Knapp and his assistants in favor of Greg Olson. Olson will re-install the power running scheme that McFadden has had success with in the past.

“This is very exciting for me,” McFadden said. “I am the type of guy who likes to go downhill, make a cut and go; that’s my thing. We’ll mix it up like we used to, and get some zones in there, but for the most part, I will be keeping my shoulders toward the line of scrimmage.”

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 the ineffective running scheme in 2012.

He had 216 rushing attempts last season, but only garnered 707 yards and two touchdowns.

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  • Pridenpoise

    I believe McFadden will have an amazing season, and we will lose him in the off season, he will not want to resign with the Raiders if they are not showing a big improvement and I think that is a few years away. It would suck to see him leave, I may be in the minority but when healthy McFadden is second to only Adrian Peterson and talent like that does not come along every day. So if it is indeed his last season in Oakland he will be hard to replace.

  • jeff yaws

    these “reporters” read too much into things
    both sides know that an extention is guna be based on whether or not mcfadden can sustain a whole year and be successful,..we should be around 50 million under the cap
    if mcfadden goes off next season for a full 16 games and rushes for 1800-2000 yrds and is anywhere close to a top 7 back,..the raiders will definately give him what he’s worth and then some

    key words for all that is ‘stay healthy’