Sep 16, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) is pursued by Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones (20) and linebacker Koa Misi (55) at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Darren McFadden Wants a Contract Extension: ‘I Love Being a Raider’

Dec 23, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Panthers defeated the Raiders 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

If Darren McFadden wants to leave the Oakland Raiders as a free agent after this season, no one can blame him after he played through several disappointing seasons with the Silver and Black, and what looks to be another long season in 2013-2014.

However, McFadden wants a contract extension to stay with the Raiders, which may be surprising to some. The only problem is that the Raiders haven’t reached out to him regarding a deal, McFadden told CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair. 

When healthy, McFadden is the Raiders’ top player, with explosiveness that can turn the game around at any time. His breakout season came in 2010, when he rushed for 1,157 yards.

Unfortunately, he has yet to prove that he can stay healthy. He played in just seven games in 2011, and last season, he struggled mightily in 12 games, averaging 3.27 yards per carry.

However, McFadden is only 25 years of age and has a lot of potential left in him. He is entering a contract year and is looking to prove himself so he can get a big extension with the Raiders, if he stays true to his word.

“I love being a Raider,” McFadden said told CSN. “As long as they want to bring me back and have me here for as long as they want to have me – I love being a Raider, and I’m here.”


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  • Hangtownie

    Incredible talent when healthy no doubt – Work horse running back in the NFL? No. Obviously lack durability for that task. The Raiders should use him as a 3rd down back and find a work horse that can take the beating. Love to watch him play but every time he gets tackled I wonder if he will get back to the huddle..

    • AF AF AF

      I def agree with you, but one thing we miss is we have not had anyone under centre that can find the recievers & put points on the board. ( Palmer did well but we keep forgetting that he did not points on the board he had great numbers between the 20 yard lines but no points. He went i think 4-5 games last year with a TD). When a defence is loading rhe box with 7-9 guys of course DMC will not have much running room plus when theres 3-4 tackling you, your bound to get hurt eventually. I think wil a QB like TP2 that can run and make plays it will open up the lanes for DMC. And he will not get hirt as much.