Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) rushes for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Backfield Switch-A-Roo For Oakland Raiders—Darren McFadden Stays, Rashad Jennings Goes

After weeks of speculation that running back Darren McFadden was as good as gone and that the Oakland Raiders were going to aggressive try to retain free agent Rashad Jennings, it seems that logic was flipped on its head.

According to reports, McFadden is expected to sign a one-year deal to remain with the Raiders, while Jennings announced via Twitter he is signing with the New York Giants.



McFadden has had an injury-filled six seasons since the Raiders took him fourth overall out of Arkansas in 2008. He’s never played more than 13 games in a season and only once has topped the 1,000-yard mark, when he ran for 1,157 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 5.2 yards a carry in 2010.

Last season, McFadden played in 10 games, starting seven, and had 379 yards and five scores while averaging 3.3 yards a carry.

The 26-year-old has 3,713 rushing yards in his career with 23 touchdowns and a 4.2 yards-per-carry average. That total ranks seventh all-time in Raiders history behind Marcus Allen, Mark van Eeghen, Clem Daniels, Napoleon Kaufman, Marv Hubbard and Pete Banaszak.

Jennings, meanwhile, had said he wanted to remain in with the Raiders, but instead has opted to join the Giants.

Jennings led the Raiders last season with 733 rushing yards after signing a one-year free agent contract. He spent his first four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Tags: Brandon Jennings Darren McFadden NFL Free Agency Oakland Raiders

  • Mike G

    You mean Rashad…

  • Bryan Cramer

    Who is Brandon?

  • Gregg Brennan

    Hello? Editors? Hello? Bueller? Bueller? It’s RASHAD JENNINGS. Christ.

  • Phil Watson

    My bad. In the process of writing eight or nine stories in 45 minutes, I got a name wrong. Not sure why I was thinking of Pistons point guards when I should have been thinking of free agent running backs. It’s been fixed.

  • Dirkdeez20

    This is exactly the reason the raiders have been shitty for so long steadily passing up on talent for garbage even with the coaching staff garbage,garbage,garbage… So tired of the raiders onganization I can’t even capitalize the name raiders.

  • James Holtslander

    So we lose veldeer, Houston, Jennings, maybe mike Jenkins, how the hell is anyone going to want to play here. I agreed to last years cuts, but I am scratching my head at what we are letting walk away. Jennings was tank. But we kept dmc instead? I can see Mckenzie and crew falling on their collective faces and all getting fired the Al Davis way! I hope not , but all signs point to stupid so far.