The Oakland Raiders have their top two running backs hitting the free agent market on Tuesday afternoon. Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings, both of whim spent significant time as a starting running back for the team in 2013 are going to test the market and both may find their way back to Oakland.
According to Pro Football Talk, there is little to no market for running backs so far this off season. When the legal tampering period began on Saturday, so did the rush of rumors about interest in various players. But missing from all of those rumors were any significant talk about any running back.
As the NFL becomes more and more of a passing league, the value of running backs becomes less and less. Many teams would rather look for a young talent in the draft than pick up a veteran back in a league where very few backs produce after the age of 30. Given McFadden’s injury history and Jennings’ advanced age, there is a good chance that neither gets much attention in free agency.
If so, do not be surprised if Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie brings one or even both back on incentive laden 1-2 year deals. Both he and head coach Dennis Allen have said they really like both guys and the Raiders have a lot of cap space that they need to spend.
This is how quickly things change in the offseason. Now Adam Schefter is reporting that while running backs are indeed not receiving attention, Darren McFadden is the exception to the rule. So much for him possibly coming back….
Some free-agent RBs not getting much play. But am told free-agent RB Darren McFadden has generated “significant interest.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2014