Raiders retain McFadden with one-year, $4 million deal

Raiders retain McFadden with one-year, $4 million deal
March 11, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Darren McFadden will return for his seventh season with the Raiders next year. (USATSI)

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Running back Darren McFadden hasn’t played his last game as a Raider after all. A league source said he signed a one-year contract worth up to $4 million to remain with the team that drafted him No. 4 overall in the 2008 NFL draft on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m happy to be back in black,” McFadden said on Twitter.

The contract is reportedly worth $1.75 million with $2.25 million in incentives, which will be earned if he remains productive and healthy. Only $100,000 is guaranteed, meaning he must make it through training camp healthy for real money to kick in.

That wasn’t expected after yet another injury-plagued season. McFadden missed six games and most of three others in 2013, totaling 379 rushing yards, five touchdowns and a second straight season averaging 3.3 yards per carry.

McFadden received interest from six teams during a negotiating window that started on Saturday, and McFadden parlayed that into a desired return to the Raiders.

The Raiders expect McFadden to start and be the primary back, but the team has contingency plans for an oft-injured running back who hasn’t made it through an NFL season without getting hurt.

They have Latavius Murray, a sixth round pick in 2013 who missed his rookie season with an ankle injury, and Kory Sheets, a free-agent signee from the Canadian Football League, in the mix already. Exclusive rights free agent Jeremy Stewart was also retained with a contract tender.