Cowboys Sign Ex-Raider Darren McFadden
The Dallas Cowboys have lost a couple key players on both sides of the football thus far during this offseason. None of those losses were more important, however, than the departure of DeMarco Murray to the NFC East rival Eagles. Right away, the Cowboys knew that they would need a replacement, whether it would come via free agency, or from the 2015 NFL Draft.
On Friday, the Cowboys potentially found their replacement back. According to multiple reports, the Cowboys have agreed to a two-year deal with RB Darren McFadden. The deal is worth up to $5.85 million, and includes a $200,000 bonus.
McFadden, 27, played for the Oakland Raiders for seven seasons. He ran for 4,247 yards on 1,038 carries, and scored 25 touchdowns. He also caught 211 passes for 1,769 yards and 5 touchdowns. The story of his seven-year tenure in Oakland was injuries. In fact, last season was the first time in his career that he played in all 16 games.
Although, McFadden was fairly ineffective last year, as he was placed by ex-Jags RB Maurice Jones-Drew (who recently announced his retirement), and later even lost backup carries to Latavius Murray (the Raiders' starting RB in 2015).
Over the past three seasons, McFadden has struggled immensely behind the Raiders' offensive line, averaging 3.34 yards-per-carry, which is the second-lowest among qualified players behind only the recently cut, Trent Richardson.
McFadden will look to rejuvenate his career behind a stellar offensive line in Dallas that was one of the best, if not the best offensive line in the NFL. With three Pro Bowlers blocking for him, McFadden could find holes that he never saw in his seven years in Oakland.