Any Oakland Raiders fans who were worried about a possible departure from running back Darren McFadden can breathe a little easier now.
General Manager Reggie McKenzie said that he “feels confident” that McFadden will play out the final year of his contract and be a Raider this next season. The Raiders struggled with their running game last season due to the injured McFadden as well as the dreaded zone scheme created by ex-offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.
McKenzie has said the right thing for now, but is it really a smart move to not try to get value for McFadden?
The final game, which will be remembered for Terrelle Pryor’s fairly impressive debut, have given Raider fans hope that maybe the Raiders could bounce back next year and at least compete for a wild card spot in the playoffs.
All of this is very interesting, since the always injured McFadden is in his final year, you would think they would not risk losing the trade value if he were to get seriously injured or even a minor injury would take away all value. They should not completely close that option of a trade, because if McFadden suffers another injury next season, he will become worthless in the trade market. They would also not be wise to sign him to an extension with so many different question marks.
What we know right now, is that as far as the Oakland Raiders are concerned, they plan on having McFadden in the back-field in 2013.