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.
— Fallon Smith (@FallonSmithCSN) March 11, 2014
Flying to the Big Apple tonight! Looking forward to signing the dotted lines with @Giants
— Rashad Jennings (@RashadJennings) March 11, 2014
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.