Darren McFadden is one of the most frustrating players in the NFL given his inability to stay healthy and give the Oakland Raiders the production they need. Perhaps playing for his livelihood will change McFadden’s approach to the game as he is entering a contract year in 2013.
Rumors have swirled that the Raiders may be trading McFadden before the season begins for more draft picks, however I have my doubts anyone will bite on the injury-prone running back this Summer. In five NFL seasons he has missed a total of 23 games with a variety of injuries.
The only hope that I can provide is that McFadden could be more cautious in a season that is dependent on his future and put together a whale of a season for the Raiders. Unfortunately, the book is out on Run DMC and it seems unlikely for someone who has missed an average of a four games a season to last the entire season.
Reggie McKenzie is the new General Manager and he made his name with the Green Bay Packers via the NFL draft so don’t be surprised if he deals away McFadden is the running back gets off to a hot start and proves the naysayers wrong. With the third overall pick in the 2013 draft McKenzie could easily deal the pick as well believing that quality outweighs quantity for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in a decade.
At 4-12 the Raiders obviously have plenty of holes, but the play of McFadden in a contract year is going to be something to watch for.