The file on Darren McFadden
Selected 4th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft
After a stellar collegiate career at the University of Arkansas, the NCAA Football 2009 cover boy was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the 4th overall pick.
McFadden inks $60 million contract, with $27 million guaranteed
The Raiders were smitten with their selection and as a result shelled out a fat contract for Darren McFadden. Before even playing a down in the NFL, DMC drew comparisons to Raiders legend Marcus Allen.
Rough rookie campaign
In his rookie year McFadden was hampered by a nagging toe injury, but managed to appear in 13 games. However, he provided a lackluster performance and only managed to pound out 499 rushing yards.
Mediocrity spills out into sophomore season
Run DMC constantly nursed a knee injury in 2009, which hampered him all season long. Through 12 games McFadden rushed for 357 yards at 3.4 yards a carry and one touchdown. He only managed to eclipse the 50 yard mark twice.
Breakout year for DMC
McFadden had a much over due breakout year in 2010. DMC ran wild for 1,157 yards, 507 yards receiving and 10 total touchdowns in just 13 games.
2011 season opener
McFadden continued his electrifying performance into 2011, and rushed for 150 yards against the Denver Broncos. It was the most rushing yards gained by any Raider running back in a season opener.
Injury shortened season
McFadden started the 2011 season strong with 614 yards rushing at 5.4 yards per carry through seven games. But that would be the end of line for DMC. A foot injury would keep McFadden out for the rest of the year.
More of the same
Shoulder and ankle injuries relegated McFadden to just 12 games in 2012. Despite that he delivered an above average performance with 702 rushing yards, 258 receiving yards on 42 receptions.
McFadden entered 2013 in the final year of his rookie contract with the Raiders. The former first-round pick started the season strong as he rushed for 177 yards on 36 carries in the team's opening two games. McFadden fell off from there, failing to top 75 yards in any other game. He injured his hamstring in the Week 8 matchup against Philadelphia. After missing three games, McFadden carried the ball five times against Dallas before leaving with an ankle injury. He finished the 2013 season with 114 carries for 379 yards, five touchdowns and 108 yards receiving.
With McFadden's grandiose rookie contract coming to an end, the Raiders were faced with a tough decision. The injury prone McFadden failed to play in more than 13 games in each of his six pro seasons, and has missed games due to toe, knee, hamstring, foot, ankle and hamstring injuries. In both 2012 and 2013, he averaged 3.3 yards per carry. The Raiders decided to re-sign McFadden for a mere $100,000 guarantee and $1.25 million salary.
For the first time in his seven years with the Raiders, McFadden was healthy for entire season and played all 16 games in 2014. He rushed for 534 yards on 155 carries and finished with two touchdowns on the ground. McFadden also caught 36 passes for 212 yards. He finished the season averaging 9.7 yards per carry.
After seven seasons with the Raiders, McFadden is moving on. The veteran running back agreed agreed to terms Friday March 13, 2015 on a two-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.