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Darren McFadden back; could be winding down his career with Raiders

  • Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) runs against Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox (91) during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

McFadden is scheduled to become a free agent in the offseason. He had hoped to parlay a big season this year into an equally large payday next year but is on pace to finish with the second-fewest rushing yards of his career.

Yet the player who was drafted to be a centerpiece of Oakland's offense insists he has given no thought to next season or his impending status as a free agent.

"I'm just going out there playing football, and at the end of the year whatever happens happens," McFadden said. "The only thing I can control is just going out there and playing football.<NO1> It's a lot easier said than done, but at the same time if you get caught up in worrying about that you won't be able to focus on what you have to, the task at hand. I would love to be a Raider next year but I can only focus on the things that I can control. I have to let everybody else handle that."

The Raiders have declined to discuss the McFadden issue publicly but it seems almost certain that general manager Reggie McKenzie will allow the 26-year-old to hit the open market.

Oakland has had some of its best games running the ball this season while McFadden has been out. Rashad Jennings has topped 100 yards twice, and fullback Marcel Reece also went over the century mark two weeks ago against the New York Jets after Jennings was sidelined with a concussion.


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